A kayaker has been talking about how he thought he was going to die as he clung to a rock with the sea rising around him.
Anthony Robson's kayak capsized off the coast of South Tyneside yesterday and today he thanked the man who risked his own life swimming to save him.
Watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.
Anthony Robson's kayak capsized off the coast of South Tyneside yesterday and he had to be rescued by the RNLI.
Watch the full footage of his rescue below:
A man is being treated for hypothermia after being rescued when his kayak capsized off the coast near Whitburn.
The RNLI, lifeguards, the coastguard and a police helicopter were all sent out to help the man who had been spotted clinging to a rock.
A lifeguard swam to the man and towed him back to shore.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Infirmary.
Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside believe the suspect made off in a vehicle driven by a second man.
The incident happened at 11.33am on Friday, May 24, when police received a report that a man armed with what is believed to be a firearm - it's not known whether real or imitation at this stage - went into Whitburn Post Office at North Guards in Whitburn.
The man made off with a mobile phone.
There were three people in the Post Office at the time - two staff members and a customer. They were left shaken but were not injured.
It's believed the suspect got into a small black car outside the Post Office, driven by a second man, which drove off along North Guards towards Cleadon Lane.
The daughter of PC David Rathband has carried the olympic torch blindfolded through the streets of the North East in honour of her late father. He died earlier this year after being shot and blinded in 2010.
13-year-old Mia Rathband received the Olympic torch in Whitburn, South Tyneside, this morning. She is carrying the flame on the Gateshead to Durham leg of its tour of Britain. Mia is carrying the torch blindfolded in memory of her father, PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded in 2010.