A man whose empty dinghy floating out to sea sparked a large-scale air and sea search last night is recovering at home.
It is understood that 40-year-old Robert Buckham collapsed on the shoreline at Blyth yesterday with suspected hypothermia.
He was rushed to hospital, leaving the empty dinghy behind.
The dinghy is then thought to have drifted out to sea, sparking the large-scale search.
A team of 40 coastguards was involved in the search along with the RNLI Tynemouth lifeboat and a RAF search and rescue helicopter.