Two young boys from Northumberland have been thanked by coastguards after saving a man's life and helping two other people who had gone to his aid.
Thomas Dockey and Callum Salkeld, from Seaton Sluice, saw a man close to drowning and immediately called the coastguard.
Rachel Sweeney reports.
Thomas Dockey and Callum Salkeld.
Two young boys from Northumberland have been thanked by coastguards after saving one man's life as well as two others who had gone to his aid.
Thomas Dockey and Callum Salkeld, from Seaton Sluice, saw a man close to drowning last night.
They immediately called the coastguard and started the rescue operation. The boys, who are both 12 years old, have been praised for their quick thinking.
A man has been rescued and two others helped to safety by the coastguard and inshore lifeboat at Seaton Sluice this evening, August 12.
Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team received a call at about 5pm reporting that a man was in difficulties in the sea.
On arrival, the team found two other adults - a man and a woman - who had jumped into the water to help.
The rescue team said the first man, in his late 40s, was taken by lifeboat to Seaton Sluice harbour and transferred to hospital in North Tyneside.
The other man and woman were uninjured.
An RNLI crew rescued three people on Sunday when a motorboat failed, two miles off Seaton Sluice. No one was injured but the boat was taking on water and had to be towed back to shore. The RNLI urged boats to carry lifejackets, VHF radio and flares, which would have made finding the vessel quicker.
A coastguard search took place yesterday after a member of the public raised concerns about a surfer.
Police were told that a surfer was in in the sea waving for help in the area of Links Road, Blyth.
A search operation began along the coast towards Seaton Sluice.
All surfers were accounted for. Police say it was a false call made with good intent.