Tyne & Wear

Woman hurt in South Shields beauty spot fall

Cliffs at Marsden
Image caption The woman was walking on a cliff-top path near Marsden Grotto

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling about 40ft (12m) onto rocks at a South Tyneside beauty spot.

She is thought to have been walking with her husband on the cliff-top path close to Marsden Grotto, South Shields, and slipped under the barrier.

The alarm was raised by a passer-by and the coastguard as well as fire and ambulance services attended the scene.

An RAF Sea King helicopter transferred her to hospital in Newcastle. The extent of her injuries are not known.

An eye-witness described her as conscious but in great pain.

He said she was wearing a cycling helmet when she fell, and believed that may have helped.

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