A drunk man swimming in the Tyne harbour sparked the launch of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat and other emergency services early this morning.
Humber Coastguard received reports of the man swimming off the Fish Quay Sands in North Shields at 06:35 and immediately requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat.
The man was found inebriated and initially refused to return to shore but with a few strong words from the lifeboat crew he was persuaded to return back to the beach where he was met by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
He refused to leave the water as he was naked but once paramedics arrived he was wrapped in a thermal blanket and taken to an ambulance for assessment.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said