Woman flown to hospital after being pulled from sea by surfer in South Shields rescue – Chronicle Live
A woman was airlifted to hospital after being pulled from the sea by a heroic surfer.
The surfer spotted a woman in difficulty off the coast of South Shields brought her to shore by placing her on their surfboard.
The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) then landed at Sandhaven beach after the woman was rescued from the water.
A member of the public raised the alarm at around 3.30pm on Saturday and alerted RNLI lifeguards after spotting the woman in the sea.
A surfer then managed to get to the woman and placed her onto their board and the lifeguards helped to move her onto the beach.
Once there, they performed CPR on the woman while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Families enjoying the sunny weather on the beach were shocked to see the helicopter land on the sand a short while later.
Around 30 minutes after the woman was recovered from the sea, she was taken on board the air ambulance and flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service say they were called to “reports of a person possibly drowning on the beach”.
They added: “CPR was already in progress with the lifeguards. They had a defibrillator on scene too. We sent four resources including our Hazardous Area Response Team and requested the support of the GNAAS.”
Northumbria Police , the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and the South Shields Volunteer Lifeboat crew were also at the scene as part of the large emergency response.
The woman’s current condition is not yet known.