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.
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.
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.
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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One man was recovered by a fishing vessel, another was saved by an RNLI lifeboat after going missing for a short time. He has now been flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
RNLI crews from Amble, Seahouses and Newbiggin in Northumberland have joined a rescue operation in the North Sea.
One person is missing after a fishing boat overturned this morning.
One person is missing after a fishing boat overturned south of Amble in Northumberland.
The RNLI has launched two lifeboats from its boathouse at Amble.
A rescue helicopter has also been scrambled, according to reports.
Amble RNLI have asked the public not to contact the boathouse at this time.
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