Emergency services launched a substantial search for a man after concerns were raised over his welfare.
Search teams scoured the coast around the Middleton harbour area of Hartlepool just after 8pm on Thursday.
It involved police, the force helicopter, Hartlepool’s two lifeboats and coastguards from Hartlepool and Seaham.
It was launched after fears had been raised for the welfare of the man who had been seen in the Newburn Bridge area.
He was found safely on the beach area at 8.50pm and left the scene with police.
Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations director, said: “We received a call at 8.10pm from the coastguard to assist with the search for a man in the Newburn Bridge area.
“Both lifeboats were launched and we searched the shoreline with search lights.
“There were numerous police also looking and the police helicopter and two coastguard teams.
“He was found at 8.50pm in the area of Middleton North pier.
“Thankfully, he was ok.”