Man rescued after slipping on rocks near Seaton Sluice

A man had to be rescued after falling on rocks near Seaton Sluice.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:36 am
The injured man is winched to safety.

Emergency teams were called after the 21-year-old, believed to be from Blyth, slipped on rocks north of Hartley Bay, in New Hartley.

The man had tried to climb up the cliff face, but realised it was too dangerous and turned around, only to slip and injure himself as he returned to the cliff bottom.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) attended along with the North East Ambulance Service and their HART (Hazardous Area Response Team).

Rescue teams treat the casualty.

A Coastguard Rescue helicopter was dispatched from Prestwick Airport, where they were able to winch the man to safety.

A football match taking place on a nearby field between Seaton Sluice Football Club and North Shields Community Christians Football Club was temporarily suspended to allow the helicopter to land and allow the man to be transferred to a land ambulance to be taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the TVLB said: “Although the team train regularly for working with helicopters, it is relatively rare that we work alongside one on an incident at the coast, and today involved using a number of skills including deploying a smoke flare to help the helicopter check wind direction and speed, and also manning a hi-line during the winching process.

“We also wish to thank the members of Seaton Sluice Football Club and North Shields Community Christians Football Club who paused their cup match to allow the helicopter to land and transfer the casualty to the ambulance.”