A girl from Gateshead has won a 'once-in-a-lifetime' competition to name one of the RNLI's newest and most advanced lifeboats.
RNLI rescues in the North of England drop by 29% during the wettest summer in 100 years.
Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI will be working this weekend to help crowds enjoy a the Sunderland International Air Show safely.
A new lifeboat station has been opened in Blyth to house the town's latest lifeboat.
The vessel was paid for by a Northumberland woman whose interest in the RNLI began as a young girl.
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The RNLI says this summer has seen a huge increase in rescues compared to last year. Nationally the figure is around 25 per cent. Redcar RNLI says June to August 2013 has been its busiest since records began in 1802.
Dave Cocks, from Redcar RNLI, says if beach visitors observe simple precautions, they can help to reduce the number of call-outs.
The busiest lifeboat stations in the North of England this summer were:
- Blackpool 62 launches (51 in 2012)
- Sunderland 45 launches (45 in 2012)
- Redcar 45 launches (24 in 2012)
- New Brighton 34 launches (16 in 2012)
- Hartlepool 30 launches (19 in 2012)
– Dave Cammish, Operations Manager, Redcar RNLI
It's been a hectic summer period for the volunteer crew members at Redcar and I can't praise them enough for their commitment.
July was particularly busy for us. There were countless times where the crew had to leave their families to enjoy the sunny weather and rush off to help people who got into difficulties on or in the sea.
Over one weekend alone we launched five times, dealing with everything from people cut off by the tide to children being blown out to sea in a toy inflatable.
This summer was one of the busiest on record for lifeboat crews from the RNLI in the north. They dealt with more than 14 hundred incidents, up 23 per cent on last year. Sunderland, Redcar and Hartlepool were among the busiest lifeboat stations.
Watch the dramatic rescue of three men who became stranded after their fishing boat crashed into rocks at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea:
A man has been airlifted to hospital after being rescued from a fishing boat that crashed into rocks off the Northumberland coast.
The 52-year-old was one of three men who were rescued by coastguards and lifeboat crews. He was taken to Wansbeck Hospital after suffering from spinal injuries.
One of three men who were rescued from a stranded fishing boat off the coast of Northumberland remains in hospital.
The vessel lost power and crashed into rocks at Newbiggin Bay, known locally as Sandy Bay, at around 7:30pm on Friday night. The men were rescued by coastguards and lifeboat crews but a 52-year-old had to be airlifted to hospital after he was thrown from the boat and became injured.
The man remains at Wansbeck Hospital with spinal injuries and hypothermia.
A man has been airlifted to hospital after an accident off the Northumberland coast.
The RNLI at Newbiggin received reports of three people clinging to a badly damaged fishing boat at Sandy Bay. The three men had been washed onto rocks with the vessel.
The 52-year-old was taken to hospital by RAF helicopter with suspected spinal injuries.
An air and sea rescue has been taking place off the Northumberland coast.
The RNLI received reports that three people were clinging to part of a boat at Sandy Bay, south of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
One person has been airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.