WATCH: Major rescue operation sees RNLI save man from the sea off Sunderland

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A male has been rescued from the sea near Roker Pier.

Emergency services were alerted at 12.20pm and Sunderland RNLI lifeboat pulled the male from the water 20 minutes later.

Roker seafront, Sunderland

Roker seafront, Sunderland

He was then handed over to the ambulance service and his condition is unknown.

RNLI volunteer helmsman Sam Clow said Sunderland’s D Class Lifeboat was dispatched to the incident.

The Lifeboat launched with its three crew and headed with its best speed to the location.

On arrival it was recognised the casualty was amongst rocks in the water, the helmsmen made a decision to put one of the lifeboat crew in the water with a line to recover the casualty back to the boat.

Once the casualty was hauled back to the boat he was brought aboard and treat for the cold; He was then returned to Sunderland marina to the awaiting ambulance to be checked over.

Mr Clow said: “It is always a worry when we here somebody is in the water, however we were able to get there in time and bring him back to the care of our colleagues in the ambulance service in a very good time, everyone at the station wishes the casualty the best in recovering from the ordeal.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman said they were called to the scene to help HM Coastguard deal with the incident.

When officers arrived the male was still in the water.

“The man was rescued from the water at 12.40pm and transported to hospital by paramedics,” the spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said the call was received at 12.21pm. The service sent three resources to the scene, including a rapid response vehicle, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance crew.

“We took one patient to Sunderland Royal Hospital,” she added.