LIFEBOAT volunteers rushed into action after a seven-year-old went missing in the sea.
Sunderland RNLI Station were called into action just past 8pm last night after the young boy went missing while playing at Seaham Marina.
Members of the public also entered the water in a bid to find him.
A helicopter from RAF Boulmer and Coastguard Response Teams from Seaham and Sunderland Coastguard stations were also drafted in before the boy was found safe inland and away from the coast.
Paul Nicholson, helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “It was a great relief to all of our volunteers that this incident was resolved successfully.
“The speed and scale of the multi-agency response to this incident demonstrated how critical this incident looked from the outset.
“We urge anyone who needs report an emergency on the water or along the coastline to dial 999 and ask for HM Coastguard.”