Hartlepool and Seaham Coastguard and Hartlepool RNLI were telephoned at 8.18am yesterday (Wednesday December 29) to a report of swimmers struggling in the water at Seaton Carew.
Upon arrival, the open water swimmers had managed to make it back to dry land and were checked by Coastguard rescue officers before heading home.
Rescue teams, who said a swimmer described being ‘snatched away by a rising tide’, have now issued a warning for any swimmers taking a dip along the north east coast.
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A Hartlepool Coastguard spokesperson said: ‘Upon arrival the open water swimmers had fortunately managed to make it back to dry land and were checked by our Coastguard Rescue Officers before heading home .
“One swimmer described being swept away by a rising tide. Please note that the rip tides along the northeast coast change with the movement of the sandbars. To escape a rip, swim sideways out of the front rip to try to swim to shore.
“Open water swimming is a fantastic hobby. To enjoy it safely, be sure to use floats, swim in a group, and have a marine radio handy in case of an emergency. Channel 16 is the international distress channel.
“In all coastal emergencies, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.”