An early-morning search was carried out following reports from family members of a man in distress in Hartlepool.
Coastguard teams from Hartlepool and Seaham were called to reports of a distressed man in the vicinity of Middleton Piers at 2.36am this morning.
A spokesman for the Coastguard said: "We arrived on scene and searched Middleton south all the way up to Newburn Bridge.
"With such a big area we asked for Seaham Coastguard to assist who went north from our station checking Middleton North pier and Banjo pier area."
Teams were searching the area for a 'couple of hours ' before they received reports that the man had been located in the town centre.
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