A FISHERMAN was helped back to dry land by lifeboat volunteers and rushed to hospital after taking ill at sea.
The man, from the Philippines and in his 50s, was aboard the vessel Kairos when he suffered a fit and was given CPR by fellow fishermen.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were made aware of the incident at around 2.30am on Saturday and met the vessel at a buoy in the River Tees.
The man was then taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he was treated.
A Humber Coastguard spokesman said: “The captain made us aware of what was going on and he was quite shook up.
“Fortunately the Hartlepool lifeboat got out to them quickly.”