Man injured in fall on rock

Casualty transported to RNLI Cullercoats station
Casualty transported to RNLI Cullercoats station

A man was rescued after falling 30 feet from a path onto rocks at St Mary’s Island.

Rescue teams from Cullercoats RNLI, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, police and ambulance were called to the island just before 7pm on Sunday, June 9.

The man, aged 40 and from Durham, had suffered cuts and bruises and was placed on a stretcher and taken to the lifeboat, which had to battle both the ebbing tide and winds to get close to the rocks.

Once the man was on board the lifeboat, he was taken back to the station on Cullercoats Beach where volunteer shore crew Andy Small was waiting in a tractor and trailer to help transfer the casualty to a waiting ambulance with minimum discomfort. The man was then taken to hospital.

Kris Wilkinson, helmsman at RNLI Cullercoats, said: “With an ebbing tide and a south easterly wind, it was difficult to steady the lifeboat near to the rocks to get the injured man stretchered and safety onboard.

“Once this was achieved we made sure he was secured in the lifeboat, as we were unsure of what the extent of his injuries was, so we could enable him to get medical attention as quickly as possible.”