The body of a man has been found lying on rocks on the south Tyneside coast.
Police were informed of the body, discovered near the beach at Whitburn, just before 1045 BST on Monday.
Northumbria Police, the coastguard and ambulance service attended the scene, off Whitburn Bents Road, where the body was recovered.
Formal identification has not yet taken place and police enquiries are ongoing. A report is being prepared for the coroner.