Coastguards have warned people about staying safe on cliff edges after a holiday-maker has been taken to hospital after falling from 40ft.
Hartlepool Coastguard were called to the cliffs at Crimdon, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, at 5.07am yesterday and the man was found on the beach below.
The man is believed to have been from Birmingham and enjoying a holiday at the near by Park Resorts caravan park.
The team assisted the ambulance service team with moving the casualty onto their Polaris specialised vehicle and then to a waiting land ambulance.
The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough.
Steve Hart, deputy station officer in Hartlepool, said: “There are signs on there to keep people away from the cliff edges and it’s fenced off.
He was really lucky with the injuries that he sustained.Steve Hart
“He was really lucky with the injuries that he sustained. It could have been worse.
“It could have been 40ft that he fell and he landed on rocks and peddles. It was a hard landing.”
Mr Hart has urged people to stay safe in the area.
He said: “We would advise people to stay at the correct side of the fencing on the coastal path.
“There are signs and they’re unsafe cliffs, but we still get people doing it.
“Further up north we have also had dogs over the cliffs, so if people are walking their dogs they should keep them on a lead.”
Durham Police and Seaham Coastguard were also called to the scene.