The body of a man has been found lying on mud-banks alongside the River Wear in Sunderland.
It was spotted by a passer-by in the Castletown area on Saturday.
Northumbria Police were alerted and they passed the information on to the Coastguard service.
An RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and the body of a middle-aged man was recovered.
The identity of the dead man has not been released.