Lifeboat crews were called out to help two swimmers who got into difficulty doing a New Year’s Day dip.

The pair, a husband and wife, got into trouble in the water off Tynemouth Longsands just after 11am.

The man had found himself in a rip current and began to panic and his wife and another family member went to his aid.

All three were brought to shore by the tide and help from nearby surfers, but the husband and wife were left cold and shocked by the ordeal.

Crews from the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) assisted the pair who suffered no injuries.

It comes as hundreds across the region took part in dips in the chilly waters of the North Sea this morning.

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The TVLB has since issued a warning- about the dangers of sea swimming.

A spokesperson said: “The incident again highlighted the dangers that can be associated with sea swimming.

"We would encourage anyone considering this activity to take notice of advice given by national organisations such as the RLSS and RNLI, and ensure they are familiar with the beach they are intending to go swimming at.”