Tyne & Wear

Man rescued after Amble pier fall

A man was airlifted to hospital after falling from a Northumberland pier and injuring himself on rocks before ending up in the sea.

The man, who has not been named, fell from the North Pier at Amble harbour early on Thursday.

He was unable to get himself out of the water and two lifeboats and an RAF helicopter were called in.

A spokesman for Amble RNLI said the man sustained hip and pelvic injuries and was recovering in hospital.

'Considerable injuries'

The spokesman said: "The middle-aged man had fallen from the pier and hit the concrete and rocks, which resulted in him receiving hip and pelvic injuries.

"Once on board, it was clear the man had considerable injuries and was in severe pain and needed to go to hospital as soon as possible.

"Fortunately the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was able to land near Amble harbour and the casualty was then transferred over for a speedy journey to hospital."

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