Swimmer in trouble rescued at Whitley Bay

A man who got into difficulties in the water at Whitley Bay has been rescued in a response coordinated by HM Coastguard.
The incident was reported just after 2.20pm today (28 July) when someone called 999 to say that the man had gone in for a swim and got into trouble.
the RNLI lifeboat from Cullercoats , Whitley Bay lifeguards, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were all sent to the scene.
Lifeguards on scene pulled the man from the water. He was handed into the care of the North East Ambulance service.
A second man who it’s believed went in to try and rescue the first one also had to be rescued. He is also in the care of the ambulance service. We have no further information on their condition.
Zach Pedley from HM Coastguard said: ‘We were told that the man had had a few drinks and then gone in for a swim. However tempting it is, however warm the day, however good a swimmer you are, please don’t attempt to go into the sea if you’ve been drinking. And try and persuade your mates not to either. It isn’t worth the risk.’

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