A man was pulled from the Tyne by a lifeboat crew early today after swimming across the river from South Shields.
The alarm was raised at 12.30am when a man was seen to enter the river from South Shields ferry landing and start swimming.
Police requested assistance from Humber Coastguard, who immediately requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat.
The lifeboat was launched within minutes, and sped upriver with three volunteer crew members on board who started searching for the man.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to assist in the search from shore.
As police on the north bank of the Tyne shone torches onto where they thought the man was, the lifeboat crew found him clinging to a ladder near the North Shields ferry landing.
He was brought onto the boat and rushed to the lifeboat station, where he was wrapped in blankets.
Paramedics checked the man over, and after finding he was cold but didn’t require any treatment, he was taken into custody by police.