A MASSIVE late-night rescue operation got underway after a man threatened to jump into the sea.
Police, Hartlepool Coastguard and Hartlepool RNLI were alerted to a “distressed” man at Hartlepool Marina around 11pm on Thursday.
Police officers mounted an extensive search including the force helicopter before he was found amongst rocks off Middleton Pier.
A police negotiator was called in and after around two-and-a-half hours, the man was persuaded to make his way ashore and into an awaiting ambulance.
Hartlepool’s inshore lifeboat waited on standby in the water in case the man decided to enter the sea.
Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “We were called around 11pm as there was a chance a distressed male might self-harm and police were looking for him.
“He was found eventually on the outside of Middleton Pier, in the Newburn Bridge area.
“He was sat in the bricks.
“A police negotiator was brought in.
“After a short while he was persuaded to come ashore and taken into an ambulance.”
The lifeboat left the scene around 1.30am.
A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said: “We provided protective safety cover for Cleveland Police using Hartlepool Coastguard rescue team and Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat.
“It was a police incident.”