A man has been rescued by lifeboat crews after falling into the sea from Roker Pier.
Sunderland RNLI were called into action at around 7.40pm on Friday after reports of a person getting into difficulty in the water.
A volunteer crew launched the D-Class inshore lifeboat and arrived near the pier where members of the public were pointing to possible locations where the casualty might be.
With help from Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and Northumbria Police, the lifeboat headed out to sea to search for the man.
With daylight fading, a white rocket flare was set off to provide extra light to assist their search as concerns grew for the man’s safety.
A volunteer heard a cry for help from the casualty who was approximately 100 metres away from the lifeboat.
He had been swept around 300 metres out to sea from Roker pier.
The lifesaving crew recovered the casualty, who is believed to have been stranded in the water for around 20 minutes.
First aid was administered on board the lifeboat on the journey back to the marina before he was handed over to paramedics.
He was then transported to Sunderland Royal Hospital for further treatment.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 7.58pm on Friday to reports of a person rescued by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team from the water near Roker Pier.
“We sent an ambulance and a Hazardous Area Response Team and took one male patient to Sunderland Royal Hospital.”
A Sunderland RNLI spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for calling 999 and raising the alarm with the coastguard tonight.
“The outcome of this incident could have been a very different one without the quick actions taken.”
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