Man rescued from River Tyne

05 Mar 2017 14:55 PM

Photo of Michael Kouache taken in June 2014 [View Full Size]

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was pulled alive from the River Tyne in Newcastle on Friday.

Officers received a report that a body had been seen in the river near to Merchant's Wharf in Newcastle at 12.24pm on Friday, March 3.

Officers attended and he was removed from the water and taken to the Freeman Hospital where he remains receiving treatment. His condition is described as critical and life threatening.

Police are making enquiries to establish how he came to be found in the river and also whereabouts on the bankside he was when he entered the water.

He has been named as 47-year-old Michael John Kouache, of Rothbury Terrace, Heaton, in Newcastle.

Michael is described as a white man, slim build, with an untidy appearance, inch long beard with hints of red, dark brown hair in a ponytail. He was found wearing a plain black waterproof jacket, blue jeans, brown walking boots/trainers also wearing a bum bag .

Acting Sergeant Steve Fairless, said: "We're appealing for help from the public to enable us to piece together how Michael came to be found floating in the River Tyne on Friday.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Michael from the evening of Thursday, March 2, up until we found him on Friday.

"We understand from his family that Michael was a quiet man, who kept himself to himself and could be described as reclusive."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 432 of 03/03/17

Pictured; this photo of Michael Kouache was taken in June 2014.