A Man was rescued from the sea this afternoon by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter.
The alarm was raised at 4.25pm after members of the public reported that a man had entered the sea from the beach near to Marsden Grotto, South Shields, and that he seemed to be in a state of distress.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat and tasked an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer. Land-based Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked to assist on shore.
Arriving at the scene the three RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmen commenced searching for the casualty. The RAF helicopter arrived shortly afterwards and located him floating approximately 100 yards from the beach.
The RNLI lifeboat crew took the unconscious and injured man from the sea onto the lifeboat where one of the volunteers – an Accident and Emergency Doctor in his day job – started to resuscitate him, before the RAF winchman was lowered to the lifeboat.
The casualty was winched aboard the helicopter and taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
All other search teams were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station.
UPDATE: Sadly, Northumbria Police announced today that the casualty was pronounced dead at hospital.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble