EYEWITNESSES saw a man fall from the top of the arch of the Tyne Bridge last night.
Motorists had faced a long disruption as the bridge was closed first northbound and then in both directions as the emergency services tried to speak to a man who was earlier seen walking along the bridge.
A platform was raised to the top of the arch of the bridge where the man was seen sitting but it had to be repositioned several times in high winds.
Ice skater Colin Ratushniak is in Newcastle for the Dancing on Ice Tour. The 25-year-old from Canada followed the incident from his hotel room.
He said: “The fire trucks arrived around 5.30pm and the bridge was closed to traffic both ways from about 6pm.
“He had a bag which looked like it had beer bottles in.
“They tried to get up to him a few times but it’s pretty windy.
“There was a water rescue team under the bridge as well as police, fire trucks and ambulances on it.
“The man was walking on top of the bridge at one point.
“I went to look at my computer and when I went back I saw them lay a blue tarpaulin on top of something.
“Nothing went in the water I don’t think because the boat crew took off.”