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Stag party reveller rescued from rocks at Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay Rescue
Image caption The injured man was swept onto a rock ledge

The Coastguard has warned against so-called "wave dodging" after a man had to be rescued from the sea off Tyneside.

The 20-year-old, who has not been named, but was on of a stag party from Rotherham, was swept off a 15ft (4.5m) sea wall at Whitley Bay on Sunday.

Rescuers managed to get a line to the stricken reveller, who was swept onto a rock ledge.

Humber Coastguard described the man's antics as "foolish and reckless".

'Powerful force'

A lifeguard who went in after the man was also overpowered by the strength of the sea, but was able to scramble back to shore.

Humber Coastguard watch manager Mike Green said: "This man not only put his own life at risk, but those of his rescuers.

"The sea is unforgiving and is a powerful force.

"His weekend and that of his colleagues has been spoilt by his actions. I hope this is a lesson that he and others take note of and learn from."

The rescued man was taken to North Tyneside Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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