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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


Scarborough remembers the past and looks to the future

It's sixty years tomorrow since one of the worst disasters in Scarborough's lifeboat history. The crew went out in a storm to escort fishing boats back to shore but the lifeboat capsized close to the harbour, killing three of the crew. A service will he held tomorrow to mark the occasion and commemorate all lifeboat crew who've lost their lives at sea.

It'll also mark the end of an era as the current crew get ready to move from the lifeboat house.

Watch James Webster's report here.

Video of coastal rescues amid rising tide

The RNLI was called to rescue two cars, which were trapped by the rapidly rising tide off the North East coast.

The two seperate incidents happened within ninety minutes of each other at Redcar yesterday afternoon.

Two people in the first car managed to scramble to safety before the lifeboat crew reached them.

Soon after, emergency calls came in over a second car, which was submerged nearby.

No one was seriously injured in either incident.

Watch the RNLI's video of the rescues here:

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
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