Man with impaled finger rescued from boat in Teesside

A man whose finger had become impaled on a fishing hook has been rescued from a sinking boat.

The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was called on Sunday after reports the fishing vessel was taking on water at the mouth of the River Tees, near South Gare.

The man's finger had become impaled as he had tried to steady himself in the lurching boat.

He was given first aid while rescuers helped another man on board bail out the water.

Mike Picknett, volunteer helmsman for the rescued crew, said: "They were very lucky. The boat had taken on a lot of water.

"If they'd been any further out into the sea the conditions were so choppy they could well have taken on enough water to send them under.

"We bandaged the injured man's finger, and it looked like he might need surgery to remove the fish hook."

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