An unconscious man was rescued from a boat by coastguard crews at Sunderland docks.
RNLI Sunderland Lifeboat Station and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were called to a “serious medical emergency” from a fishing boat on Sunday.
The boat was moored at Greenwell’s Quay at the Port of Sunderland and volunteers quickly launched the lifeboat.
A coastguard officer who is a paramedic in his day job provided casualty care to the male who had regained consciousness on their arrival.
His injuries weren’t as serious as first thought and he was taken off the boat and left in the care of the ambulance service.
A spokesperson for the RNLI Sunderland Lifeboat Station said: “An RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat was launched to assist with a serious medical emergency from a fishing boat moored at Greenwell’s Quay.
“Our volunteers quickly launched the lifeboat and arrived on the scene where thankfully they were joined by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team who had already arrived.
“An officer from the team who is also a paramedic provided casualty care to the injured person on board the boat.
“Thankfully the injuries sustained after the casualty had fallen were not as serious as first reported.
“The casualty was taken off the vessel and into the care of ambulance personnel. Our crew was then stood down to return to the station.”
A spokesperson for the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team said: “We were paged with our colleagues from RNLI Sunderland Lifeboat Station to assist the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with an unconscious casualty onboard a vessel within the Port of Sunderland.
“Coastguard officers, including one who is a paramedic in his day job, provided casualty care to the male who on our arrival had regained consciousness.
“We then extracted him from the vessel and handed him over to the ambulance crews for further care.
“In all coastal emergencies dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”