A 69-year-old man has died despite efforts to save him after he fell into the River Wear.
Police say initial inquiries have established he suffered a medical condition, which led to him fall down the bank and into the water.
GNAAS would like to thank all the members of the public who came to the assistance of the gentleman.A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS)
Other people on the waterside pulled the man from the river near to Kingsgate Brudge after he was spotted at around 8.25am today.
Police, fire fighters and paramedics were called, with a member of the public helping to give him CPR.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s Guardian of the North helicopter, which was carrying a doctor among its crew, was also drafted in,
But despite efforts to save him, they said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesman for the GNAAS said: “GNAAS tasked to an incident in Durham City this morning to assist with an elderly gentleman who had fallen in the water.
“He was removed from the water by passers by who administered basic life support until ambulance crews arrived.
“Despite continuous attempts to resuscitate the gentleman, he was pronounced dead at scene.
“GNAAS would like to thank all the members of the public who came to the assistance of the gentleman.”