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Fire on board fishing trawler

Fire crews met the trawler as it was brought into the Tyne Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A fishing boat with six crew has been escorted to the River Tyne after a fire broke on board. The trawler, Replenish, was fishing for prawns 30 miles off the Northumberland coast.

The fire broke out in the galley of the boat Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A lifeboat from Amble went out to Replenish but the crew had managed to put the fire out. She was escorted to North Shields and met by fire crews to make sure the blaze was completely extinguished.

Fire crews vented the boat of smoke using powerful fans Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

The six fishermen were fed and looked after by the Fisherman’s Mission.

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RNLI teams rescue pier-leap pitbull

RNLI crew members rescued a pit bull from the sea in County Durham after the dog jumped into the water from a pier. They stopped its owner from jumping in to save the dog at Seaham on Saturday.

A passer-by had called 999. The Seaham Coastguard Rescue Team and the Sunderland RNLI inshore lifeboat crew pulled the dog to safety.

"The owner was worried about her pet and told emergency services that she was going to enter the water to try to rescue her dog.

"This is something we strongly advise against, as you are likely to get into difficulty yourself.

"We find that most dogs manage to get themselves back to shore safe and well, but some owners do not.

"We'd also encourage owners to keep their pets on a lead. But if they do enter the water or fall down a cliff edge, please call 999 straight away and ask for the Coastguard."

– Graham Dawson, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard

"Although primarily we are here to rescue human life we are happy for our assistance to be extended to animals, particularly as it can be so tempting for owners to enter the water putting themselves in a great amount of danger."

– Helmsman Ian Rowan

RNLI issues safety warnings

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.

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RNLI crews praised for commitment

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.

– Dave Cammish, Operations Manager, Redcar RNLI

Man airlifted to hospital after Northumberland rescue

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.

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