The RNLI were called in for an early morning sea rescue off the coast of Hartlepool.
Hartlepool RNLI were called to the Newburn Bridge area at 1.57am today where a person had entered the water.
They had been alerted by Humber Coastguard.
The Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew members were launched and were on scene at 2.12 am where the casualty was located.
The man, who was in a distressed state, initially refused to be rescued but after sometime and with the man getting increasingly cold the volunteer crewmembers insisted that he was removed from the water and into the safety of Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and brought back to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and handed over to an awaiting ambulance and paramedic team.
Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager, said: "Our volunteer crewmembers are ready any time of the day to attend such an incident and help save lives at sea."
The inshore lifeboat was then made ready for service by 2.45am.