Swimmer rescued after being swept out to sea off North East coast

Lifesaving crews came to the rescue after a swimmer got into trouble in the sea.

Coastguard teams were alerted to the incident at around 10.20am on Saturday, and were told that two swimmers from a group of seven were missing after being swept out between the piers in Roker, Sunderland.

One swimmer was able to make their way back to shore however the second one was found a quarter of a mile out to sea after a search was carried out.

He was then brought to safety and taken to hospital for a check-up.

Among the crews who attended the incident were the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, two RNLI lifeboats from Sunderland Lifeboat Station, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 and Sunderland Coastwatch.

A spokesperson for the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team said: “After arriving on scene we immediately started a search of the area, with the first casualty managing to swim ashore safe and well to the north side of the pier.

“The team proceeded to the end of Roker Pier to continue searching. Not long after, the casualty was spotted by Sunderland Coastwatch some 1/4 of a mile out to sea from the piers.

“They provided a location to coastguard officers. Using this information, we were able to guide the lifeboat onto the casualty who was then recovered and taken to the lifeboat station.

“Casualty care was provided and he was taken to hospital for a checkup by North East Ambulance Service, but he seemed no worse for his ordeal.”

People are now being urged to take extra care along the coast and take precautions.

“It is advised that those taking part in such activities wear wetsuits, carry floation devices, Personal Location Beacons (PLB), swim in groups, and tell someone of your intentions and when you expect to return,” the spokesperson added.

“Thankfully on this occasion, all in the group had the correct safety equipment.”

Chronicle Live – Sunderland