Missing man is found by lifeboat crew in Ryhope
Sunderland and Seaham Coastguard Rescue teams were called to help Durham Constabulary in a search for a vulnerable missing man.
Sunderland RNLI Atlantic and inshore lifeboats also helped in the search over more than two hours on Tuesday, July 14.
The missing man was sighted on the beach near the mouth of Ryhope Dene by the inshore lifeboat crew, who then verified his identity and condition.
Coastguard Rescue officers from Seaham escorted the man from the beach to the clifftop, where he was left in the care of police.
An RNLI spokesperson said: "The D class lifeboat landed on the beach and two of our crew approached the casualty who was then identified as the missing person.
"Volunteers stayed with the vulnerable person who they assessed as fit and well until Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and Police arrived to take them into care.”