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Grandfather of teenager swept out to sea says there should be barriers on pier

The grandfather of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital has said there should be protection put in place to stop it happening again.

Caitlin Ruddy was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave on Saturday evening. She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.

Her grandfather Thomas Ruddy said it 'might be other children' if protection isn't put in place.

Caitlin's former school: She was 'full of fun and energy'

The headteacher of Caitlin Ruddy's former school have said she was a very popular pupil and 'full of fun'. Caitlin attended Kenton School for three years until last summer when she moved to Newcastle College. The school's principal Sarah Holmes-Carne said they were very proud of their former pupil.

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Parents of Caitlin Ruddy pay tribute to their daughter

The parents of Caitlin Ruddy, who died in hospital after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside, have said in an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees that she 'loved life' and 'made everybody smile.'

Sabrina and Ashley Cook also said that the news of their daughter's death 'hadn't really sunk in'.

Teenager swept out to sea named as Caitlin Ruddy

15-year-old Caitlin Ruddy was swept into the sea at Cullercoats, North Tyneside

A 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital been named as Caitlin Ruddy.

Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave yesterday evening.

A rescue effort was launched by the Coastguard, RNLI and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, although it was a member of the public who pulled Caitlin from the water on the South side of the pier.

She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.

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Warnings issued after girl is swept off beach

Following the death of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea on North Tyneside last night, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade has given a stark warning about the dangers of the sea in winter.

Peter Lilley, who's team coordinated the attempted rescue of the girl from the shore, told ITV News Tyne Tees that even if the sea looks inviting at this time of year, the cold water and waves can easily overpower bathers.

Tributes left for teen who died after being pulled from sea

Flowers have been left in tribute to a teenage girl who died after being pulled from the water in North Tyneside.

Police were called to Cullercoats Bay last night after a group of teenagers were seen on the north pier, where the sea was running high.

Three managed to walk back to safety, a girl of 15, and a boy 14, and girl 14, but the fourth teenager, a 15-year-old girl, was swept into the water by a large wave.

The three other teenagers are described as well. Credit: Clare Guilding

Coastguard and RNLI were called to assist, and a member of the public rescued the 15-year-old girl from the water on the south side of the bay.

She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital but died in hospital last night.

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