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Massive sea search is called off

Dinghy was found 15 miles off the coast at Blyth Credit: RNLI

Lifeboat crews and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer have been involved in a massive sea search through the night. It began after an empty fishing dinghy was found 15 miles off the coast at Blyth. The coastguard was concerned their could be missing occupants. No further searches will take place.

The search was called off overnight Credit: RNLI

Full Report: Family rescued from North Yorkshire river

The emergency services say a mother and her two young daughters are 'lucky to be alive' after flash floods left them clinging to a tree in the middle of a swollen river.

It happened yesterday at the River Ure in North Yorkshire, about seven miles from Ripon.

The family were eventually hauled to safety by a helicopter winchman - but not until after a 90 minute ordeal.

Watch the full report from Jon Hill below.

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River rescuer talks about dramatic operation

Sergeant Jon Bramfitt Credit: ITV Yorkshire

One of the RAF rescue team who saved a family stranded in a swollen river has spoken about the dramatic operation to get them to dry land. The RAF rescue helicopter from Leconfield was scrambled after a woman and two children got into trouble in rising waters in the River Ure in North Yorkshire.

"This was quite a tricky operation to carry out the rescue of a mother and her two young daughters from the swollen River Ure and it involved approximately a 125 foot winch.

They were in a precarious position and given time with rising water levels the outcome could have been worse."

Sgt Jon Bramfitt, RAF Leconfield

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Warning over river levels after helicopter rescue

North Yorkshire Fire service are warning people about the dangers of rising river levels after a woman and two children became stranded by fast flowing waters. They were rescued by RAF helicopter after clinging onto a tree in the River Ure near Ripon just after 2 o'clock this afternoon.

This could have been a different story and should act as a warning to the dangers of rising river levels. Rivers may look benign, but it can quite quickly change. In this instance the preceding rainfall from the night before caused a rapid rise in the river level in a very short period of time.

– North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman
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