Two teenagers were taken to hospital after getting in to difficulty while swimming in the sea in South Shields.
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and a crew from the North East Ambulance service were called to the South Pier at 7:25pm after reports that two youths had got stuck in a rip current while swimming.
Luckily, the two teens managed to make it back to shore before the arrival of the emergency services, but they were taken to South Shields District Hospital for a check up following the incident.
Crews then left the scene at 8pm.
The HM Coastguard is using their case as a warning to others who swim in the sea.
A HM Coastguard spokesman said: "We are advising people to only swim in safe areas and to make sure they stay within their capacities."