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Fisherman rescued from sea off Teesside coast

RNLI volunteers from Redcar and Hartlepool rescued a man washed into the sea Credit: RNLI

A fisherman has been rescued by lifeboat crews after being washed into the sea off the coast of Teesside.

The man was washed from the South Gare breakwater by heavy seas at around 3:40pm on March 21.

Lifeboat crews from both Redcar and Hartlepool managed to locate the man and he was pulled from the water. He was reported to be breathing but barely conscious. He was then taken to the Harbour Master's landing at Tees Dock before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said:

This was an extremely difficult rescue. We're at the point of some very high tides and there were strong winds. The crews reported seas up to 4 metres in height.

It is only by good fortune that he was found so quickly by the Hartlepool crew. They were at sea training on their new lifeboat, so they were able to find and rescue the man very quickly.

The North Sea is at its coldest about now, and he could easily have been badly injured or killed if the rough seas had thrown him against the rocks or the breakwater.

As far as I'm concerned he owes his life to the Hartlepool RNLI crew.

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

RNLI launch new Hartlepool lifeboat

The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat Solihull in action Credit: RNLI

A new RNLI lifeboat has gone on service at Hartlepool.

The £214,000 Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat has been funded by a gift left in the will of Royal Navy veteran John Masters.

The lifeboat replaces the station's previous Atlantic 75 lifeboat which was used on 395 rescues, saving 376 people.

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Hartlepool man left with broken jaw after assault

Police are appealing for information after a 28-year-old man in Hartlepool was was left with a broken jaw following an assault. The man was assaulted around 3am on March 7 inside the Showroom public house, on Victoria Road.

The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He spent two days having plates put into his lower jaw to fix the damage caused.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Pedestrian injured after Hartlepool collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Hartlepool.

A 75-year-old man suffered facial fractures, fractured ribs and possible internal injuries on February 23, on Wiltshire Way. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.

Man, 80, has life savings stolen

An 80-year-old man from Hartlepool had his life savings stolen as he visited his allotment. He left his house on Baker Close on February 20. When he returned he noticed that a door had been forced. £6,000 had been stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Boy dragged along by lorry

A teenage boy has been knocked down by a lorry on a rural road near Hartlepool.

It happened on the A689 near the Greatham turn off. The boy was trapped under the vehicle and dragged for a short distance before being rescued and airlifted to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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Missing boy believed to be in Hartlepool

Cleveland Police are appealing for help finding a missing 15-year-old boy who they believe may be in Hartlepool.

Brandon Moore went missing from his home in Bolton le Sands, Lancashire, on 24th January. Police said he may also be in Cumbria.

Brandon Moore is from Lancashire but may be in Hartlepool or Cumbria

He is white and of medium build, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a navy blue sweater, navy blue tracksuit bottoms, a blue jacket and grey Nike Air Max trainers.

A second boy who Brandon may have been travelling with was found in the Hartlepool area on 26th January.

Man suffers head injuries in assault in Hartlepool

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 33-year-old man suffered significant head injuries in an assault in Hartlepool.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital after the assault, which took place on Tankerville Street at 9:15am.

A cordon has been put in place in the street while early investigations continue.

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