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A York fisherman killed after being swept out to sea


11:30am 25th October 2011

A York fisherman has died after being swept into the North Sea.

The 64 year old was rescued from the water at South Gare in Redcar but died in hospital.

Another man, aged 63 and also from York, managed to get back to land and has been treated for hypothermia.

It's believed the pair had been fishing at the mouth of the River Tees.

Paul Nicholson, from the RNLI, has spoke briefly to Minster FM:

The men were spotted struggling against the waves at the mouth of the River Tees as a high swell lashed the shore.

The alarm was raised at around 3.40pm.

A Redcar RNLI lifeboat battled 10ft high waves to reach the stranded man and pulled him aboard, where he was given CPR.

An RAF Sea King helicopter then winched him from the boat and flew him to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

But Cleveland Police today confirmed the man had died.

A Redcar Coastguard spokesman described conditions yesterday as " treturous" to be fishing in.

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