Durham Constabulary were called out at 1.34am today, alongside Seaham Coastguard and Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team, to a spot at Nose's Point in Dawdon.
They had received reports that a man appeared in distress.
The Coastguard teams were stood down a short time later after police said the man was now in their care.
The services have issued a reminder that all coastal emergencies should be reported to the Coastguard via 999.
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