A DRUNK swimmer was pulled to safety from the River Tyne harbour this evening after he got into difficulty.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 18.56 after they recieved a 999 call from a member of the public walking along South Shields pier who had seen a swimmer clinging to a lobster pot buoy between the pier and the Groyne pier.

With the assistance of the member of the public Humber Coastguard directed the lifeboat crew to the casualty where he was pulled out of the water. He was found to be exhausted and had obviously drunk a large quantity of alcohol. He was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, aged in his twenties.

He was returned to safety at South Shields beach where he refused any further treatment or an ambulance and made his way off the beach, where he was met my Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team who gave him some advice about not swimming while drunk.

The lifeboat then returned to station.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble.

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