THE body of man found on the beach in South Shields has been identified.
Police were called to the area near to Marsden Grotto on January 15 after reports of a man walking into the sea.
A huge search was launched, but despite an extensive rescue operation no one was found.
However, the following day, officers searching the beach area discovered the body of a man.
He has now been named as Peter Thomas Coutts, 48, of Beach Road, South Shields.
An investigation by the coroner has been launched into his death.