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.
Nine anglers had to be rescued by RNLI lifeboats after their boat suffered engine failure. It happened on just before 5pm on Sunday, six miles out to sea, east of Sunderland. The boat was towed to Sunderland harbour. No one was hurt in the incident.
A yacht carrying two passengers has been rescued off the coast of Northumberland.
RNLI crews were called out to the vessel after it became stranded around five miles off the coast of Amble, at 3:50am on Saturday morning.
The yacht had endured a water pump failure and got into difficulties whilst it was en route from Eyemouth to Hartlepool, on Teesside. It was towed to Amble Harbour by lifeboat.
Volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Station took part in two rescue missions yesterday. The lifeboat's first launch happened shortly after 3:06pm after being alerted by an emergency 999 call from a member of the public concerned that a dinghy or catamaran had capsized.
After the Lifeboat had been recovered, cleaned and refuelled the crew at Sunderland launched a second time at 5.43pm, this time to a vessel that had broken down off Hendon beach.
The boat and the five males on board were brought back to Sunderland marina safely under tow.
– PAUL NICHOLSON, SENIOR HELMSMAN, SUNDERLAND RNLI
This afternoon is a real testament to the commitment of the volunteers at Sunderland RNLI but also to the continued support we have received as a charity from the people of Sunderland, it is that support which allows us to continue saving lives in Sunderland.
The RNLI have issued warnings as they prepare for their busiest weekend of the year so far.
They say it is important to make preparations before heading into the sea incase of emergencies.
A warning has been issued by the RNLI for people to take care in the water this Bank Holiday weekend.
The Easter holidays is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for lifeboat teams. Crews say it is important to check tide times and to always have a way to call for help.
Shortly after 19:30 on Wednesday 28th March HM Coastguard alerted rescue teams along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the concerned friend of a man who was on the River Tyne on an inflatable kayak and had not been seen for over an hour.
The man, who was understood to be using the kayak for the first time, had been seen near the River mouth by his friend, who was also on a kayak, The man's friend had then returned to shore and lost sight of the man prompting the call to the emergency services.
The Brigade members quickly located the missing man who described as "a little cold". The man was then reunited with his friends and given safety advice by Brigade members who said he had "no safety equipment whatsoever onboard his kayak and was not wearing suitable clothing for his adventure".