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Predictions in: how long to sail around the UK?

John Williams set off from the Isle of Wight on 13th August Credit: PA

A retired engineer is challenging people to predict how long he will take to sail around the UK and Ireland as part of a charity fundraising competition.

John Williams, from Cullercoats in North Shields, is part of a 10-man crew taking part in the 2,000 mile Round Britain and Ireland Race.

His team set off from the Isle of Wight on 13th August and aim to complete the route within two weeks.

John is challenging people to guess exactly how long it will take his team to finish the race, in exchange for a donation to Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) North.

Supporters can submit estimates via John's Just Giving page. Prizes include a voyage on OYT North's James Cook yacht, a 60-litre duffel bag from Trident UK and a copy of Keels On Wheels by HA Douglas, plus a bottle of whisky donated by Royal Quays Marina.

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Floral tributes to River Tyne victim

Safety warnings are being repeated, following the death of a man who was pulled from the River Tyne at the weekend.

The man, who was in his forties, went into the water at the Fish Quay in North Shields to retrieve something he had dropped.

He got into difficulties, and efforts to revive him failed.

A poignant tribute to the River Tyne victim. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

River Tyne death: relatives of dead man being traced

Northumbria Police say the man who died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields was in his 40's.

His name has not been released because not all of his family have been notified of his death.

"We're in the process of notifying friends and family and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.

"There's not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the coroner, and a future inquest will establish exactly what happened in this incident.

"However, I'd like to reiterate previous advice about staying safe around water. We know during hot weather more people spend time at the beach, at rivers and lakes and it's important they are aware of the dangers.

"Open water can be extremely deceiving with powerful currents and tides and possible obstructions under the surface which pose a risk, even to strong swimmers.

"Some of the region's beaches are staffed by Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeguards with safe bathing areas clearly marked with flags on the beach, we'd encourage people who want to go into the sea to visit these areas."

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Northumbria Police

Man dies after jumping into the River Tyne

A man has died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called to the scene at 5.47pm on Saturday.

A spokesman says the man went into the water at the Fish Quay to retrieve something he'd dropped.

He became ill while in the river, and was pulled out of the water by the police and his friends.

The man, who has not been named, was then given CPR before being taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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HMS Tyne returns to North Shields

The Royal Navy's HMS Tyne will return to North Shields today (Thursday 10th July). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The ship can be boarded by members of the public on Sunday (13th June). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Royal Navy's HMS Tyne is returning to North Shields today (Thursday 10th July).

The ship is affiliated to Tynemouth and is going to support the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. She can be boarded by members of the public on Sunday (13th June).

Four children escape house fire in North Shields

Police were called shortly after 2am this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The roof of the house was damaged in the blaze. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The house on Guisborough Drive, North Shields. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
A woman and four children managed to escape the property unharmed. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A woman and four children managed to escape unharmed from a house fire in the early hours of this morning.

Shortly after 2am today (Saturday 14 June), police received reports of a fire at a house on Guisborough Drive. A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

Are Russian cave bodies linked to Gaul disaster?

The Gaul fishing trawler sank in 1974. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British police want to travel to Russia to find out whether ten bodies found in a cave are linked to the sinking of fishing trawler the MV Gaul.

The Gaul sank in the Barents Sea in 1974 with 36 crew on board, including six men from North Shields.

Two years ago, human remains were found in caves on the Rybachy Peninsula. It is understood they were washed ashore around the time of the tragedy.

Humberside police are now seeking permission from the Russian authorities to visit the site.

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