Police are identifying the body of a man found washed up on the beach near Blackhall today.
Durham Police have confirmed the body of a man has been recovered in the Crimdon area, a relatively short distance to the south of Blackhall, around mid-morning,
The body has not yet been formally identified, but police believe it is the local man in his mid-20s who is thought to have entered the water on Sunday.
There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
The man’s family has been informed and the work being carried out by police and HM Coastguard has now concluded.
Local anglers contacted the emergency services shortly before 10am on Sunday after seeing a man strip to his T-shirt and boxer shorts before entering the water of his own accord.
They described him as being in an ‘agitated’ state.
A full-scale search was launched by police and HM Coastguard, including the use of the police helicopter, but no trace could be found of the missing man on land or sea.
The search was called off around 3.30pm once the light faded.
There was no form of identification contained in the clothing the man left on the beach, but from inquiries made in the area police believe they know his identity.