THREE fishermen risked their lives by fishing off a pier in extreme weather conditions despite being warned to keep away.
The men had climbed onto the North Tyne Pier at Tynemouth on Saturday despite being warned by a watchman that the conditions were horrendous, with large waves breaking over the pier.
The watchman later called coastguards for help in finding and removing them.
A team from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade made their way along the pier, sheltering from the breaking waves in alcoves, while the Tynemouth RNLI all-weather Lifeboat provided safety cover and extra lighting.
The four brigade members used the tunnel on the pier to reach the end, where they found the fisherman and escorted them back to shore.
The day before, the brigade were called out to help search for a 26-year-old woman from Chester-le-Street after she threatened to drive her car off a cliff at an unspecified location on the North Sea coast.
After brigade members carried out searches from Tynemouth to Seaton Sluice, the woman was found near Hartlepool, and all teams were stood down.