A SAILOR clung onto an anchor chain for 10 minutes before he was rescued after falling overboard.
The uninjured man was pulled out of Tees Bay after toppling over the side of an anchored gas tanker called Harlequin at 3.15pm on Friday.
Volunteer lifeboat crews from both Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI stations raced to the scene and the man was pulled out of the water about 10 minutes later.
Paramedics on shore checked him over and found that he was okay, apart from being extremely cold and in shock.
A pilot cutter took him back to his ship, which flies the Panamanian flag, shortly after.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “The vessel was in anchorage when it was reported that a man was overboard.
“He had managed to cling on to the anchor before being rescued and was deemed to be fairly unscathed after being checked over.”