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Two men rescued from sea off Northumberland coast

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been airlifted to hospital after getting into trouble swimming in Cambois Bay, Northumberland.

A lifeboat was launched from the RNLI station at Blyth at around 1.30pm. The men were in the water for around 20 minutes before they were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.


Lifeguard rescued stranded dog from beach in Sunderland

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A lifeguard rescued a stranded dog from 'Cats and Dogs' beach in Sunderland yesterday.

Gertie the Jack Russell had chased some birds into the sea, but then got stuck on a rock.

RNLI lifeguard Joe Wilson spotted Gertie after he heard her owners shouting. He waded out to the rock she was stuck on - where she was up to her chest in water and too scared to swim.

Joe then carried Gertie back to shore and her grateful owners.

He said: "She was stressed and shaking when I reached her but seemed very happy to see me. Our charity’s lifeguards assist with animal rescues to prevent owners from putting themselves in danger. We were very happy to get Gertie’s paws back on dry land and offered her owners some friendly safety advice about tide times."

Fisherman rescued from sea off Teesside coast

RNLI volunteers from Redcar and Hartlepool rescued a man washed into the sea Credit: RNLI

A fisherman has been rescued by lifeboat crews after being washed into the sea off the coast of Teesside.

The man was washed from the South Gare breakwater by heavy seas at around 3:40pm on March 21.

Lifeboat crews from both Redcar and Hartlepool managed to locate the man and he was pulled from the water. He was reported to be breathing but barely conscious. He was then taken to the Harbour Master's landing at Tees Dock before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said:

This was an extremely difficult rescue. We're at the point of some very high tides and there were strong winds. The crews reported seas up to 4 metres in height.

It is only by good fortune that he was found so quickly by the Hartlepool crew. They were at sea training on their new lifeboat, so they were able to find and rescue the man very quickly.

The North Sea is at its coldest about now, and he could easily have been badly injured or killed if the rough seas had thrown him against the rocks or the breakwater.

As far as I'm concerned he owes his life to the Hartlepool RNLI crew.

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI
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