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Ongoing rescue attempt at sea for missing 17-year-old

The police and RNLI are involved in an ongoing rescue attempt off the coast of Roker Beach, Sunderland.

After 3pm today, two 17-year-old males were seen in the water at the mouth of the Wear, near to the Old Pier at Sunderland Yacht Club.

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The police think they had been in a dinghy when they got out to swim and got into difficulty.

One of the men has been rescued, along with two 17-year-old females who were also in the dinghy.

A search operation has been launched to rescue the missing 17-year-old. Three lifeboats and a police helicopter are involved in the search.

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Parents of teenage girl who died swept out to sea: "youngsters should respect the water"

The parents of a teenage girl, who died after being swept to sea in North Tyneside, are warning of the dangers the water can present.

15 year old Caitlin Ruddy was washed off North Pier, at Cullercoats, in January this year, by a large wave. She died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Now her mother Sabrina Cook, and step-father Ashley Cook, are backing an RNLI campaign called Respect The Water.

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The RNLI is aiming to reduce the number of coastal deaths which, nationally, reached a 3 year high of 168 people in 2015.

Caitlin's parents say they're grateful to the work the RNLI do.

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