Tyne & Wear

Fifteen anglers rescued after wave hit Sunderland pier

Roker Pier
Fifteen anglers were rescued after a wave hit Roker Pier in Sunderland

Fifteen anglers have been rescued by the RNLI after a wave hit Roker Pier in Sunderland.

One man was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle with a broken leg after a 5m (16ft) wave pushed him into railings at about 13:30 GMT.

The other anglers were led to safety through a tunnel beneath the pier.

In a separate incident two anglers had to be rescued in Horden, County Durham, after they were dragged into the North Sea.

A man was airlifted to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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