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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

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Scarborough remembers the past and looks to the future

It's sixty years tomorrow since one of the worst disasters in Scarborough's lifeboat history. The crew went out in a storm to escort fishing boats back to shore but the lifeboat capsized close to the harbour, killing three of the crew. A service will he held tomorrow to mark the occasion and commemorate all lifeboat crew who've lost their lives at sea.

It'll also mark the end of an era as the current crew get ready to move from the lifeboat house.

Watch James Webster's report here.

Video of coastal rescues amid rising tide

The RNLI was called to rescue two cars, which were trapped by the rapidly rising tide off the North East coast.

The two seperate incidents happened within ninety minutes of each other at Redcar yesterday afternoon.

Two people in the first car managed to scramble to safety before the lifeboat crew reached them.

Soon after, emergency calls came in over a second car, which was submerged nearby.

No one was seriously injured in either incident.

Watch the RNLI's video of the rescues here:

Double rescue off Teesside coast

The RNLI was called to two vehicles trapped by the rising tide Credit: RNLI/Dave Cocks

The RNLI has come to the rescue of two cars which were swamped by the incoming tide off the Teesside coast.

The separate incidents took place within ninety minutes of each other, yesterday afternoon.

The first call-out came after coastguards received several 999 calls reporting that two people had taken refuge on the roof of a trapped car.

Amid the rapidly rising tide, the lifeboat's tractor was used to pull the car clear of the water, on the beach close to the Majuba car park.

The rescues took place amid some of the highest tides of the year Credit: RNLI/Dave Cocks

Shortly afterwards, the coastguard was alerted to a second vehicle, whose driver had got into difficulties while trying to put a speed boat onto a trailer at South Gare.

"Launching and recovering boats, whether it's from the beach or a slipway, needs the right vehicle, a good understanding of what the tide is doing, and plenty of practice.

Unfortunately it's proved a very expensive afternoon for two car owners."

– Dave Cocks, Redcar RNLI
No one was seriously injured in the incidents Credit: RNLI/Dave Cocks

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Lifeboat rescues young kayaker and father from sea

An RNLI crew from Blyth rescued a young kayaker who had got into difficulty - and then went back out to save her father, who had been in the water trying to help her.

The Blyth lifeboat had already been launched for a training exercise, when it helped to bring the girl and her kayak back to the beach.

It then returned to pick up her father, who was by then about 30-40 metres out to sea, after he had lost his footing in an under-current while trying to steer his daughter home.

RNLI rescue labrador who got into deep water

Cruz the labrador, who was rescued by RNLI lifeguards.

Lifeguards in Seaham came to the rescue of a labrador who got into trouble while going for a dip.

The dog, called Cruz, was spotted struggling in the water 300m off the north end of Seaham beach yesterday afternoon.

Four canoeists helped two RNLI lifeguards to get the distressed animal back to the beach.

After a drink of water, Cruz seemed unaffected by his ordeal.

His owner thanked the RNLI, and added: "Cruz is usually such an obedient dog, he even fetches my newspaper.

"He always comes back when I call him but I think he was just having an “off” day!"

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