Brave Durham police officers formed a human chain with help from the fire service to rescue a student who had fallen into the River Wear.
The man was discovered at 1.45am today in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.
Police officers came to the aid of the student and managed to get him out of the water with the help of colleagues from the fire service.
The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.
Suggestions of any other people missing in the incident are without foundation.