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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

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!"


Woman thrown from horse on Redcar beach

A horse rider is recovering in hospital after she was thrown from her horse on Redcar beach.

A member of the public spotted the horse on the loose around 10am this morning.

The 48-year-old woman from Yarm was found unconscious about half a mile up the beach towards South Gare by a police helicopter.

Due to the location of the woman and the tide coming in the decision was made to utilise the police helicopter to airlift her hospital using the police helicopter.

Luckily she has no broken bones and had only suffered bruising.

– Inspector Ashley Harvey

Keeping watch: lifeguards begin the summer season

The weather may be far from warm but RNLI lifeguards begin their summer patrols on North East beaches this weekend.

They will operate at stretches of beach on Tyneside and Wearside, as well as Redcar and Saltburn.

Keeping watch at Tynemouth Longsands beach Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Tynemouth Longsands attracts surfers as well as families Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The aim is to prevent problems before they occur Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

RNLI lifeguards return to region's beaches

An RNLI lifeguard on the beach at Saltburn. Credit: ITV

RNLI lifeguards are back on the beaches for the summer season.

Patrols will operate on seven beaches on Tyneside and three beaches on Wearside from today (Saturday May 24) until September. Saltburn and Redcar are also covered by the lifeguards.

Last summer, RNLI lifeguards in helped and aided almost two thousand people across the North East

Carl Harris, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: "We'll be there to offer extra peace of mind to beach users.

"The team will be happy to provide safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times.

"Ninety five percent of the role is preventative but RNLI lifeguards are highly trained and are equipped to deal with everything from locating missing children and treating minor cuts and grazes through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues."

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