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RNLI called to help save stranded dog

The dog was rescued. Credit: Redcar RNLI

Redcar's RNLI lifeboat team have been called to help rescue a dog, which became stranded at the South Gare near the town.

The dog ran away from its owner and became stranded on a rocky outcrop as the tide began to come in.

The owner called the coastguard, and they arrived, with the inshore lifeboat team, to find that the dog had already been rescued by members of the public.

Two men who were in the area were able to reach the dog and carry it back to safety before the tide came in.

The dog is thought to be uninjured.

Search at Tynemouth stood down after nothing found

A search was undertaken this evening (Wednesday 10 February) for a person seen walking into the sea at Longsands, Tynemouth.

The Coastguard was contacted by a member of the public at 5.20pm and launched a search of the area involving Blythe Coastguard Rescue Team, Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats, Tyne Voluntary Life Brigade, Northumbria Police and the Coastguard rescue helicopter.

The search has been completed with nothing found and the Coastguard has stood down the search pending any further information.

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Memorial held for Caitlin Ruddy

A vigil has been held this evening in memory of the teenager Caitlin Ruddy, who died last weekend after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside.

Family and friends gathered in at a relative's house in Newcastle to pin messages onto a memorial tree.

Caitlin died last weekend, shortly after this photo was posted to her Facebook account

15-year-old Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats Bay last Saturday night. She was pulled from the sea but later died at Cramlington Hospital after a cardiac arrest.

Her uncle, Shaun Ruddy, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees before the vigil:

Internet troll given community order after targeting tribute page for Caitlin Ruddy

Caitlin Ruddy who died after being swept out to sea last weekend

A man who posted abusive comments on an online page left for 15-year old Caitlin Ruddy has been ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.

25-year-old Martin Paul pleaded guilty to a malicious communications offence in relation to the teenager, who died after being swept in to the sea at Cullercoats on the North Tyneside coast on Saturday.

Martin Paul of Burnage Lane, Manchester, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay surcharge of £60 as well as £85 court costs.

15-year old Caitlin Ruddy who died after being swept into the sea by a wave whilst with friends on Cullercoats pier
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