Woman airlifted to hospital after cliff fall

The scene of the rescue at Seahouses. Picture by RNLI Seahouses

The scene of the rescue at Seahouses. Picture by RNLI Seahouses

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Emergency services were called into action last night to rescue a woman who fell from a cliff on the north Northumberland coast.

Around 8.30pm, Seahouses RNLI was called to help fire, police, ambulance and Coastguard personnel with a critically-injured woman who had fallen over cliffs south of Seahouses, below the golf course. The RAF Boulmer helicopter was also launched.

Lifeboat crew travelled to the scene by sea and land where paramedics attempted to stabilise the casualty and prepare her for being transported by stretcher. Her injuries were described as critical/life-threatening.

The casualty was then carried over the rocks onto the sand to the helicopter, which had landed 150 metres away.

The woman was then flown to the RVI Trauma Centre at Newcastle. Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The Seahouses lifeboat suffered engine failure on its return to base and had to be towed by the other lifeboat. It was then out of action until the following morning when a replacement engine was delivered by RNLI Technical Support.

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