EMERGENCY services were called to help a man in the water near Hartlepool marina.
Cleveland Police were sent to West Harbour, near Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club, at around 6.30am on Monday after concerns were raised over the man’s safety.
But the man, who is in his late 30s, made his own way out and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, to be checked over.
The incident also involved Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and the town’s Coastguard team, but they were stood down as they were not needed.
A crew from Stranton Fire Station were also sent to the scene, but did not need to intervene as the man was already out of the water.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to West Harbour at 6.26am after receiving reports with concerns for a man’s safety near the yacht club as he was in the water.
“The Coastguard was contacted and an ambulance was on standby. “He was initially in the water up to his chest.
“He came out and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees and he is believed to be safe and well.”
A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said they were called at 6.30am by the police to the incident.
The spokesman said the lifeboat and Coastguard team were tasked but as they arrivd the man was already with the police and taken into the care of the ambulance.
The incident lasted for about 24 minutes.