City revellers are reminded to have fun but stay in control
Dated: 05 Aug 2012
An 18-year-old man was issued a penalty notice for drunk and disorderly behaviour after sparking a search when he was spotted climbing down a ladder into the River Tyne.
Emergency services were alerted to his rescue after a passer by saw him near the Tyne Bridge, shoulder deep in water at about 11.50pm on Saturday night.
Police, fire and rescue services and ambulance rushed to the scene to find the 18-year-old climbing back out. He was taken to hospital and released unhurt.
Sgt Mark Sutcliffe of Northumbria Police said: "Luckily for this man he came to no harm but he put himself and the rescue services in danger; the river is a dangerous place to swim, particularly at night and when drunk."
"On a night out have fun but know your limits and stay in control - drinking too much can put you at risk."