Boy who fell off East Durham cliff was ‘chasing hat’

The cliffs at Easington
The cliffs at Easington

A TEENAGE boy who fell 130ft from a cliff edge had been chasing after his hat, it has emerged.

The Mail reported yesterday that the 14-year-old suffered severe injuries after plunging down the cliffside and landing on the beach at Easington.

Today a Durham Police spokeswoman said: “It would appear the boy was going after his hat when the incident happened.”

The boy was on the cliffs near to Cross Street, in Easington Colliery, when the incident happened around 4.20pm on Saturday.

He remained at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, last night, where his injuries were described as serious but stable and not believed to be life-threatening.

Police, paramedics, the Coastguard and Hartlepool’s RNLI lifeboat were called to the scene and the boy was flown to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.