Rescuers recovered a kayaker from the water near Whitburn today as a river tragedy was averted.
HM Coastguard was alerted to a person who had got into difficulties this morning.
Rescue teams attended the scene and pulled the person to safety.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: "We received a call relating to concern when someone spotted a kayak and could hear someone shouting for help.
"We sent the Sunderland Coastguard team at 9.26am, as well as both boats from the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.
"They recovered a person from the water who had got into difficulty. That person is now perfectly fine and well."