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25th May 2012 - 12.30h

Car Over The Sea Wall, St. Mary's Island

While on a coastal patrol at the North end of Whitley Bay, Brigade members noticed a large group of people gathering on the promenade in front of the car park by the Nature Reserve at St. Mary’s Island. On investigation Brigade members discovered that a car had gone through the railings and overturned, landing on the rocks some 15 feet below. Brigade members quickly confirmed that thankfully the car had been empty at the time it had gone through the railings and no one had been hurt in the incident. HM Coastguard was informed and additional support was requested from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council. The car was eventually recovered to the promenade and then removed from the scene and a temporary railing was installed to replace the 15-20 foot of railings which had been damaged when the car went through them.
It later transpired that the car was a hire car being used by a 65 year-old American tourist who was in the area as he was visiting a relation in Newcastle. The man had parked the car in the car park by the Nature Reserve and got out to buy a parking ticket, but had not put the handbrake on. The car then rolled out of the car park, across the road, down the bank, onto the promenade and then through the railings and onto the rocks below.

The scene that Brigade members found once they have arrived on scene.
Firefighters check the car for any signs of oil or fuel leaks.
The tyre tracks of the car can be seen on the right hand side of the above photograph.
As you can see, a large section of fence was removed by the impact of the car hitting it.
A recovery truck arrives on scene.
A line is attached to the car.
The car is lifted towards safety.
The vehicle, considered a write-off, was then taken away to be scrapped.

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