The alarm was raised at 4.30pm when a surfer was reported to be missing in the sea off Longsands beach, Tynemouth, by by fellow surfers.
A major search effort was initiated by Humber Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of both Tynemouth inshore and all weather lifeboats and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat to carry out a search at sea. Tynemouth Volunteer Life brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to search from shore, and an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was scrambled to search from the air.
Just a few minutes into the search the surfer was located on the beach and said he had become disoriented for a short time after being hit by a large wave, before swimming back to shore. He was checked over and found to be well before going on his way.
All of the search teams were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboats: D-693 Mark Noble and 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland