A MAN was rescued this evening by volunteers from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station after he attempted to swim from Tynemouth pier to South Shields pier.

Humber Coastguard Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat at 21:26pm after receiving reports from anglers fishing from the end of Tynemouth pier that a man had jumped into the sea and was swimming somewhere between the piers but drifting further out to sea in the current.

The inshore lifeboat crew sped to the scene and after a brief search located the man, aged around 30, 400 yards out to sea.

The casualty was brought onto the lifeboat, wrapped in thermal blankets and taken to Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station where he was kept warm and assessed by a member of the lifeboat crew who is also a paramedic before an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

The man admitted having had 'a few drinks' earlier and said that he had completely misjudged the outgoing current.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

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