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Historic lifeboat scrubbed up for new future

A ceremony has been held to mark the official unveiling of an historic lifeboat which has been lovingly restored.

The Tyne lifeboat, which was based in South Shields, was built nearly 200 years ago.

it helped to save more than 1,000 lives at sea during 60 years of service.

It was first placed on display on the town sea-front in 1894 but now has been fully renovated as a reminder of the bravery of the the men who risked their lives at sea to save others.


Rescues prompt inflatables warning

Redcar's inshore lifeboat in action. Credit: RNLI

Lifeboat crews are warning against the dangers of inflatables and toy dinghys after they were called out to two rescues over the weekend.

RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were called to the mouth of the River Tees on Saturday after a child was blown out to sea in a toy dinghy.

In an earlier incident, two men and two teenage boys also had to be rescued in Redcar after their jet ski capsized while towing an inflatable ring.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said:

‘We were able to right the personal water craft (jet ski) and fortunately its engine started so one of the men drove that back to the beach and the rest of the party were taken back by the lifeboat.'

Later, the coastguard received an emergency call about a child being blown out to sea at South Gare. Both lifeboats were launched at 5.45pm.

The child was actually rescued by a member of the public.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said:

‘The RNLI always advises against using toy inflatables in the sea, especially when the wind is offshore.

'If you are going to use one, always make sure you have a long, strong rope attached to it to prevent the inflatable being carried out to sea.

Sea rescue anniversary

Members of the South Shields and Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigades who took part in a dramatic rescue 50 years ago are being reunited today.

On 20th January 1963 the Lebanese steamer Adelfotis was wrecked next to the Groyne as she tried to take shelter in the Tyne. The rescue of the captain and 22 members of the crew -and the mascot puppy Manuella - was the last time a shore-based breeches buoy was used in the North East to save lives.

There's a special open day at the Volunteer Life Brigade headquarters between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday afternoon (20th January). Archive film of the rescue will be shown at the event.