A woman was rescued after her car careered through railings and landed upside down on a beach.
Rescue teams were called to the north end of Whitley Bay beach just after midnight today (Thursday) following reports of the crash.
Crews from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team, along with the emergency services, attended where they found the woman trapped in the upside down car, which was below the high water mark with the tide rapidly approaching.
Rescue teams worked to remove the woman, who was suffering from suspected spinal and pelvis injuries, from the car.
A TVLB spokesman said: “All the emergency services worked together to quickly extricate the casualty from the vehicle and onto a Brigade stretcher before she was carried off the beach and to an awaiting ambulance which took her to the RVI hospital in Newcastle for further assessment and treatment.”
Brigade members then worked with their colleagues from Blyth and local firefighters to secure a line to the vehicle, which was now being buffeted by the waves of the incoming tide.
Police officers remained on scene to carry out investigations into the cause of the crash and how to remove the car from the beach.