The RNLI in Redcar has released photos of a dramatic sea rescue after a woman got into difficulties in the North Sea.

The alarm was raised by Cleveland Police at 1pm on Friday 24 March. Officers had been called out earlier to an area of the promenade next to the Hazel Grove after a woman had been seen stranded in the sea.

The lifeboat Leicester Challenge III was launched from Redcar and on arriving at Saltburn the crew found the woman struggling in the surf.

Woman rescued by Redcar RNLI. Credit: RNLI/Janet Danks

"We found the lady in a very difficult position. She was up to her neck in water and the sea was breaking over her. We decided the best option was for my two crew members to jump in and get her straight to the beach."

Mark Reeves, RNLI helmsman

The two RNLI crew members held the woman in the water until they were able to get her close to the beach.

They volunteer crewmen were helped by police officers to take the woman from the sea.

She was treated by ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

"The crew undoubtedly saved the woman’s life today. She was in a dire situation and wouldn’t have survived much longer in those conditions. She owes her life to the skill of the helmsman and the courage of the two crew who jumped into the sea to rescue her.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI