Northumbria Police have reminded revellers in Newcastle city centre to "stay in control", after an 18-year-old man climbed down a ladder and entered the River Tyne on Saturday night.
Emergency services were alerted to the situation when a passer-by spotted the man near the Tyne Bridge, shoulder deep in the river, at 11.50pm.
Police, Fire and Rescue Services and the Ambulance Service rushed to the scene, only to find the man climbing back out of the river.
He was issued with a penalty notice for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Sergeant Mark Sutcliffe from Northumbria Police said: "Luckily for this man he came to no harm, but he put himself and the rescue services in danger.
"The river is a dangerous place to swim, particularly at night and when drunk."
"On a night out, have fun, but know your limits and stay in control. Drinking too much can put you at personal risk."
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