Rescue crews from Tynemouth RNLI and the Volunteer Life Brigade are urging swimmers to be careful after a 53-year-old woman was taken to hospital after coming into grave difficulty out at sea.

On Wednesday, the HM Coastguard spotted the woman struggling in the water for roughly 20 minutes after being washed out from the beach in King Edward's Bay.

Fortunately, she was brought back to shore by the sea and fellow swimmers in a poorly but conscious state.

She was taken to safety by Brigade members and later transported to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service.

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The woman was part of a group of large sea swimmers and now the RNLI want people to be extra careful as the winter weather makes conditions out at sea more hostile than ever.

A spokesperson for the Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI said: 'The Brigade understands that there are many benefits from sea swimming, and we always wish to encourage everyone to safely enjoy and access the North Tyneside Coastline. However, it is vital that anyone taking part in coastal activities has the knowledge and experience to do this safely.

Massive search continues diver who went missing off Northumberland Coast
Massive search continues diver who went missing off Northumberland Coast

Sea and weather conditions today were very poor, with a sea swell and breaking waves making conditions very hostile.

Today’s incident, on the first day of winter, brought back unpleasant memories of a number of calls from winter 2020 when we were called on several occasions to groups of sea swimmers who had found themselves in difficulty and were fortunate to avoid serious injury or worse.'

Further guidance and advice on sea and open water swimming is available from the RLSS and RNLI.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is a voluntary shore based coastal rescue service formed in 1864. More information on the Brigade can be found on their website or you can follow them on Twitter here.

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