A teenage boy was rescued by crews from Tynemouth RNLI and RAF Boulmer after falling 60ft down a cliff onto rocks.
The alarm was raised by passers-by who heard the 15-year-old screaming for help at Frenchman’s Bay, near Marsden, South Shields.
The boy had fallen from the cliff top and landed on sharp rocks below, severely breaking his leg.
Arriving at the scene the lifeboat crew, assisted by members of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade who were at the cliff top, quickly located the boy and assessed his condition, finding that he had a compound fracture of his leg which was bleeding.
The lifeboat crew, all trained in advanced casualty care, made the boy as comfortable as possible and administered oxygen while they waited for the RAF helicopter which arrived soon after.
The RAF winchman, a trained paramedic, was lowered to the beach and prepared the boy to be winched on board the helicopter, and gave him a strong painkilling sedative.
Once the casualty was placed in a stretcher he was winched into the helicopter and taken to Newcastle’s RVI hospital.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “The boy had fallen 60 feet from the cliff onto some sharp rocks and suffered a deep cut to his leg, a compound fracture and was in a great deal of pain.
“The RNLI lifeboat and RAF crews worked together in an operation coordinated by Humber Coastguard to make sure the boy was given the best possible care before being taken to hospital.
“The situation could have been much worse, and we hope the boy makes a quick recovery.”