17-year-old critically ill after sea rescue operation
A 17-year-old boy who was pulled from the sea by the emergency services after a search and rescue operation is in a critical condition.
The teenager, along with three others, is understood to have got into difficulties in a dinghy at the mouth of the River Wear, near to the Old Pier at Sunderland Yacht Club.
At around 3.22pm the teenager, along with another 17-year-old, were spotted in the water.
Emergency services were able to rescue the second boy as well as two teenage girls from the dinghy - but the 17-year-old remained missing.
Following a multi-agency search, at around 5.10pm the police helicopter spotted something in the water. RNLI lifeguards retrieved a male who was then airlifted to the RVI hospital with serious injuries.
Northumbria Police said it is thought the boys had been in the dinghy when they got out to swim before getting into difficulty.
The 17-year-old is in a critical condition, while the other three teenagers are in a stable condition, police said.