AN angler winched from the sea in a dramatic rescue has died in hospital, police have confirmed.
The 33-year-old man, from the Peterlee area, was one of two anglers rescued after getting into trouble while fishing at Blackhall Rocks.
He died at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, on Saturday night.
It is believed the men were washed into the sea from an angling perch near the cliffs shortly after 3pm on Saturday
The other man, a 57-year-old, was discharged from the same hospital after receiving treatment for shock and the effects of being in the sea.
The 33-year-old had earlier been winched from the sea by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer, while the other man managed to get himself out of the sea and was taken to hospital by the Durham Police helicopter.
A spokesman for Durham Police said: “A 33-year-old man died in hospital at 8.45pm on Saturday night.
“A 57-year-old relation was discharged after treatment.”ere spotted by a passer-by walking along the cliff top.