1. ITV Report

Man rescued from sea at Cullercoats

The Cullercoats RNLI crew during the rescue. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees
The crew launching to rescue the casualty. Credit: Cullercoats RNLI

A man has had to be rescued by a lifeboat after jumping off the pier into the water at Cullercoats Bay.

HM Coastguard received several 999 calls just before 5pm, reporting the man, believed to be in his late teens, apparently in difficulty.

Cullercoats RNLI, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade along with Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service were called and went to the scene.

The man was pulled from the water by the Cullercoats RNLI and taken to shore. Crews reported the man was severely hypothermic.

They administered first aid and kept the casualty warm until the ambulance took him to hospital to be checked over.

This looks to have been high jinx but it could have gone badly wrong.

Thankfully, there has been no harm done on this occasion, but our strong advice is never to risk jumping from piers – it can be very dangerous.

What might have been a deep pool at one time of day can easily be a shallow puddle later and you don’t know what other hazards might be under the surface.

– Chris Moss from HM Coastguard