WATCH: Hartlepool rescuers save man from stormy sea

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A FISHERMAN was saved from the stormy sea after he was washed away by high tides.

Hartlepool’s RNLI rescue team was called out after the man was washed into the North Sea from the breakwater yesterday.

He was fishing at South Gare, Redcar. The alarm was raised about 3.40pm and RNLI volunteers from Redcar and Hartlepool were scrambled to find him.

Hartlepool crew, which was already at sea on a training mission, was able to locate the man and pull him from the water.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said “he was reported to be breathing and barely conscious.”

RNLI/RedcarA fisherman was plucked from the sea after he was washed away by high tides. The man was fishing at South Gare, RedcarA fisherman was plucked from the sea after he was washed away by high tides. The man was fishing at South Gare, Redcar

OPEN WAVES: Hartlepool's new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

OPEN WAVES: Hartlepool's new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

Both lifeboats then raced to the Harbour Master’s landing at Tees Dock where the man was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

“This was an extremely difficult rescue,” said Mr Cocks. “We’re at the point of some very high tides and there were strong winds. The crews reported seas up to four metres in height.

“It is only by good fortune that he was found so quickly by the Hartlepool crew. They were at sea training on their new lifeboat, so they were able to find and rescue the man very quickly.

“The North Sea is at its coldest about now, and he could easily have been badly injured or killed if the rough seas had thrown him against the rocks or the breakwater.

“As far as I’m concerned he owes his life to the Hartlepool RNLI crew.”

The fisherman’s condition is currently unknown.