THIS was the scene as rescue crews scrambled to save a man who had fallen into the water at Seahouses Harbour.
The incident happened last Thursday just after 2.40pm.
Members of the Seahouses RNLI crew were undergoing the final session of a casualty care course when they were called to the real-life emergency.
One of the crew, Eric Stanwix, went into the water with a lifejacket to help the man.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched immediately.
Both the man and Mr Stanwix were quickly found and brought ashore where the casualty was given emergency medical aid by the RNLI lifeboat crew and ambulance personnel.
He was airlifted to Wansbeck General hospital by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer. He has since been released.
Police and local Coastguard rescue officers also helped at the scene.
The lifeboat crew member returned home to change his wet clothes and take a warm shower.
RNLI lifeboat operations manager Ian Clayton said: “The man was indeed fortunate that our crew could respond so quickly, and their actions undoubtedly saved his life.
“I would like to commend the actions of the crew member who entered a very cold Seahouses harbour, in a brave attempt to rescue this man.”
“Fortunately he suffered no ill effects from his rescue attempt.”