Warning to youths after teen is injured

Youngsters have been warned about the dangers of drinking on the coastline following a major rescue at the weekend.

A teenager, who was believed to have consumed a large amount of alcohol, had to be rescued after falling on the rocks at Marconi Point at the north end of Cullercoats Bay.

The 14-year-old had been among a group of five teenagers making their way back to the northern pier when he fell over and banged his head.

A rescue, led by crews from Tynemouth and Hebburn fire stations with support from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat, was launched just after 4.30pm on Saturday.

Two of the teenagers were able to clamber back over the fence to the promenade while two more were picked up by the inshore lifeboat and taken by to Cullercoats RNLI Station.

The 14-year-old was placed on the stretcher, brought up the cliff and taken to hospital.

Now rescuers are warning people about the dangers of playing around on rocks, especially when drunk.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “He would have been fine had he not consumed alcohol.

“It took us an hour to get him off the rocks. He might have been in a more dangerous situation if we could not have got to him quicker.”

He added: “Yes there are dangers exploring the coast but we wouldn’t want to stop people doing that. The big issue here was the underage drinking.

“Alcohol and the coastline do not mix, it’s only going to lead to disaster.”

Frank Taylor, operations manager at Cullercoats RNLI, said: “It is not a recreation area, particularly after consuming alcohol.”