Hartlepool fishing warning after boy's sea rescue

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Police have warned youngsters to avoid fishing from a Teesside pier after a 14-year-old fell into the sea.

The young angler was with a friend on the fenced-off North Gare, Hartlepool, when he slipped over the edge.

Officers pulled him from the sea using a rope from a life belt, and he was taken to hospital for a check-up.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "This boy has been extremely lucky and somehow managed to escape from his ordeal unscathed."

He added: "However, others may not be so fortunate.

"The area around the North Gare is fenced off for a reason. It is extremely dangerous, and nobody should even contemplate fishing there.

"With the school holidays coming up, we would ask parents to ensure that their children do not attempt to go fishing in such areas, and to warn their children that if areas are fenced off, it is usually because they are dangerous."

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