Fisherman dies after being swept into sea at Redcar

A fisherman has died after being swept into the mouth of the River Tees.

The 64-year-old, from York, was one of two men swept into the sea in high winds at Redcar's South Gare on Monday.

He was reached by a lifeboat crew and airlifted by an RAF rescue helicopter to Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital, where he later died.

A 63-year-old man, also from York, managed to make his way to land and was taken to hospital. He was released after being treated for hypothermia.

Sheltered water

An RNLI spokesman said crews battled through 10ft (3m) waves to get to the 64-year-old and eventually picked him up near the breakwater wall.

He said: "Once our lifeboat was able to locate the man, the helmsman did a terrific job of manoeuvring the lifeboat so that the crew could snatch the man into the lifeboat.

"Once he was aboard, the crew immediately started administering CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) while the lifeboat was taken into more sheltered water inside the mouth of the River Tees.

"He was then able to be airlifted to hospital."

A Coastguard spokesman described sea conditions at the time as "terrible."

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