AN angler who died after being swept out to sea at the weekend was named yesterday as Paul Turner, a 33-year-old father of six.
Both Mr Turner, of Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, and his father-in-law had to be winched from the sea after getting into difficulties while angling on the coast between Blackhall and Peterlee.
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 on Saturday afternoon.
After a search, both men were found and airlifted to the James Cooke University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Mr Turner died later that night. His father-in-law, aged 57, discharged himself after being treated for shock and the effects of being in the sea.
Durham Police said Mr Turner leaves behind a wife and six children.
It is believed the pair were washed into the sea from an angling perch near the cliffs.
The North East Air Support Unit said “all their thoughts” were with the family of those involved, in a statement via Twitter.
Shortly before the incident which claimed Mr Turner’s life, the coastguard was called to a report of 15 anglers being knocked over by a freak wave on Roker Pier in Sunderland.
One 66-year-old angler from West Rainton, County Durham, was injured, and is believed to have suffered a broken leg.
He had to be airlifted to hospital in Newcastle, after a five-metre (16ft) wave hit the group and forced him into railings.
The other anglers were led to safety through a tunnel beneath the pier.
Coastguards in the region have warned people to take special care when fishing in the sea during bad weather conditions.