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Father and daughter saved after 45 minutes stranded at sea

A father and daughter have been rescued after being washed out to sea near Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

The girl had been swept into the sea by the heavy swell and her father had gone into help, but both were unable to get back to the shore.

The waves were reaching four metres high when the Whitby lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter were called out to save the pair.

By the time the lifeboat crew were able to find the casualties, they had been in the water for 45 minutes and were exhausted and struggling to stay afloat.

The lifeboat crew managed to pull them aboard to check them over, before they were winched to safety by the rescue helicopter and transferred to hospital.

Whitby RNLI Pilot Mike Russell said, "It was a difficult job, but both crews performed a textbook rescue. Thank goodness we reached the casualties in time to save their lives."

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Respect the Water campaign warns of coastal dangers

Five people lost their lives around the Lincolnshire coast last year, and over 30 died around the coast of northern England, according to new figures from the RNLI. The charity is launching a Respect the Water campaign to warn about the dangers of the seaside. It's aiming to halve the number of coastal deaths by 2024.

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We're warning people that if they're going near the water, whatever their activity, they could be at risk and they need to take care. Unexpected dangers like slippery rocks, sudden waves or unstable ground can catch anyone out.

The water might look inviting, but it can be dangerously unpredictable, with hazards which can be fatal if not respected. Cold water is a major risk for anyone who ends up in the water - intentionally or otherwise. The body's reaction to sudden immersion in cold water will trigger uncontrollable gasping, which can draw water into the lungs and lead to drowning. The coldness will also gradually shut down the use of limbs, making it very difficult even for strong swimmers to stay afloat.

Currents under the surface can overwhelm even the strongest swimmers. They can drag people out of their depth so quickly, and if you try to swim against them you'll become exhausted.

We want people to enjoy the water but to make sure they respect it.

– Michael Avril, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager

Man dies after being swept into sea at Scarborough

A man has died in hospital after he was swept out to sea near the Spa in Scarborough's South Bay.

North Yorkshire Police were called at around 6pm yesterday to a report of a man being knocked off the sea wall into the water .

The RNLI and Coastguard also attended the scene of the incident, with air support provided by RAF Leconfield.

An unconscious man was recovered from the water at around 6.40pm and taken to Scarborough District Hospital.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, he was pronounced deceased at hospital.

The man, who has not been named, was from Scarborough and in his thirties.

It is understood that the man was walking in the area with his dog and a friend when he got into difficulties.

The man’s friend was also taken to hospital suffering from shock and the effects of the cold, but has since been discharged.

A family who were walking nearby, raised the alarm with the emergency services.

Two people in hospital after Scarborough sea rescue

Two men were taken to hospital after they were rescued from the sea at Scarborough this evening.

The alarm was raised at 6pm when the Humber coastguard received a 999 call informing them that a person had been knocked off the sea wall at South Shore into the sea by a combination of gale force winds and high tides.

It is not known how the second man ended up in the sea but it is believed he went into to try and rescue the other person.

Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were scrambled to rescue the two men from the sea between the former swimming pool and the Spa.

The inshore lifeboat was launched in poor visibility at 6.10pm, followed 20 minutes later by the all-weather lifeboat.

It was at high tide, with a 4-5ft swell amplified by the backwash which made the search more difficult, despite the help of a spotlight from a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leaconfield.

Two coastguard teams , one from Scarborough and the other from Burniston, assisted with the search from the beach.

The two men were eventually rescued from the water and both were taken by ambulance to Scarborough General Hospital for treatment.

“We have very high tides at the moment and when you combine this with gale force winds you get very powerful waves.

"Whilst this can look spectacular we would ask people to please admire the force of nature at a distance.

"Breaking waves will knock you off your feet and are extremely dangerous for both you and the people who will be sent to rescue you.”

– Mike Puplett, Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre
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