THE man who was pulled from the sea at South Shields in a dramatic bank holiday rescue has died in hospital.
The 36-year-old, who has not yet been named, was reported as being in difficulty near Marsden Grotto at 4.10pm yesterday.
He was hauled unconscious from the water about 100 metres offshore by the crew of the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat.
A helicopter from RAF Boulmer then airlifted him aboard and took him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but he was later pronounced dead.
Northumbria Police said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.