A force spokeswoman said: "Police were called to reports of a body in the sea off the coast of Staithes
Coastguard added: "Numerous calls were made after a section of the cliff fell."
North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire Brigade, Staithes
Coastguard, both Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North East Ambulance Service attended along with the RNLI and air ambulance.
Shortly after raising the alarm on Thursday afternoon, they were rescued when the Staithes
and Runswick branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) came to their aid.
Coastguard, pictured here during the dramatic rescue
The parish of Dunston was formed in 1872, gas lamps were first lit three years later, in 1893 Dunston Staithes
were completed, and four years later a police station opened.
The last time the staithes
was open to the public was during the 1990 Gateshead National Garden Festival.
It was the highlight of several hours in the small boat as part of a new Catch and Cook weekend being run by the Endeavour, a "restaurant with rooms" in Staithes
and Runswick RNLI launched a rescue operation and confirmed a body had been recovered.
Coastguard said: "Numerous calls were made after a section of the cliff fell." Lifeboat charity the RNLI added: "The RNLI can confirm volunteer crew members responded to a rock fall at Seaton Garth in Staithes
The nine-metre-high black cone will remain on the listed Dunston Staithes
in Gateshead until at least September, although there are hopes that this will be extended into next year.
The body was recovered from the sea half a mile from Staithes