YOUTHS have been warned about the dangers of playing by the sea after one got into difficulties and had to be taken to hospital.
Three boys had been jumping into the sea off the promenade near the High Point Hotel in Whitley Bay when one of them got into trouble a week ago on Sunday.
He was rescued by his friends using a council life ring.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, the Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat and police were all called out after a 999 call was made to the coastguard.
Volunteer life brigade captain Peter Lilley said: “When brigade members arrived, all three were out of the water, but two were showing signs of hypothermia, had suffered multiple cuts and bruises, and possible secondary drowning.
“All three were cared for before an ambulance arrived and took them to North Tyneside General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”