Checks under way after report of person in River Wear in Sunderland

An inquiry is being carried out by police following a report someone had entered the River Wear in the early hours of today.

Sunday, 10th December 2017, 11:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:15 pm
The emergency services were called to the Wearmouth Bridge area earlier today.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team joined colleagues from Seaham and Sunderland's RNLI Inshore and Atlantic Lifeboats at 6.30am today after a call a person had possibly entered the river wound the Wearmouth Bridge.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: "After a search involving both Coastguard teams, lifeboats and police helicopter, all units were stood down with nothing untoward having been found.

"It is understood that Northumbria Police are making further enquiries to validate the authenticity of the report."

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It added coastal emergencies should be reported to the Coastguard via 999.

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