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Angler dies after wave hit pier
A 33-year-old angler who was airlifted to hospital after being swept away in a fast-flowing stream has died.
The man was rescued on Saturday afternoon after being swept out towards the sea from the stream at Becketts Bank, between Peterlee and Hartlepool, County Durham.
Another angler, a 57-year-old relative of the man, was also taken to hospital but was released after treatment.
A search and rescue operation was launched by the Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and the RAF helicopter from Boulmer following a call from police at 3.21pm on Saturday.
After a search, the 33-year-old was found and airlifted to hospital.
A Durham Police spokesman confirmed that the man had died.
He said: "A 33-year-old local man from Peterlee has died. A 57-year-old male relative of his was also taken to hospital but he was released after treatment."
The incident happened just hours after 15 anglers were knocked over by a freak wave on Roker Pier, in Sunderland.
The coastguard and RAF helicopter were sent to the scene and airlifted one of the anglers to hospital with a suspected broken leg.