Rescue teams were called today after reports of a man being swept out to sea off Beadnell pier.
Seahouses, Howick and Holy Island Coastguard teams were alerted by Humber Coastguard just after 1pm after multiple 999 calls reporting that a man was in difficulty in the water.
The Coastguard also requested the launch of both Seahouses lifeboats.
While the Coastguard units were heading to the spot and the lifeboats were being launched, a further report confirmed that the man had been helped from the water by a kite surfer.
He had ingested a quantity of sea water and Coastguard officers provided medical assistance until an ambulance arrived.
A Seahouses RNLI spokesman said there was a gusty, force four to five east-south-east wind at the time, with choppy, unpleasant sea conditions.
He said it is believed the man may have been swimming, although this has not been confirmed.
The lifeboats were returned to station and were ready for service again 35 minutes later.