Two swimmers rescued from the sea off the Northumberland coast

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Two swimmers were rescued from the sea at Cambois in Northumberland this afternoon after they were washed out by a falling tide.

The men, aged 19 and 21, clung onto an outfall pipe marker some 200 yards offshore. Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were paged at 1.43pm and were first on the scene, followed by the Blyth RNLI lifeboat, which arrived around 15 minutes after their ordeal began.

An RAF Boulmer Sea King and Blyth RNLI lifeboat rescue two swimmers from the sea off Cambois. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography

An RAF Boulmer Sea King and Blyth RNLI lifeboat rescue two swimmers from the sea off Cambois. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography

The lifeboat crew requested the assistance of Rescue Helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer as they were concerned about the medical condition of the two men.

They were airlifted from the lifeboat and taken to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle.

The video of the rescue was taken by John Tuttiett