A girl from Gateshead has won a 'once-in-a-lifetime' competition to name one of the RNLI's newest and most advanced lifeboats.
RNLI rescues in the North of England drop by 29% during the wettest summer in 100 years.
Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI will be working this weekend to help crowds enjoy a the Sunderland International Air Show safely.
The Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat crew say they are 'gobsmaked' by the generosity of football fans who donated more than £5500 to the charity.
RNLI volunteers held a collection outside the Stadium of Light before Sunderland's game with Manchester City on Boxing Day.
The RNLI is a charity that relies on donations for its income.
It costs an average of five thousand pound per year to supply fuel for Sunderland's two Inshore Lifeboats. This collection alone will provide the fuel for the next 12 months.
Last year the two Sunderland lifeboats launched 100 times and rescued 100 people.
A woman who tripped and fell from her boat into Hartlepool Marina was "extremely lucky" to survive after she was plucked from the sea by rescuers in wintry conditions, the coastguard has said.
Two passing teenagers raised the alarm after hearing her cries for help on Tuesday evening at the marina.
The lock keeper and an RNLI crew were quickly on the scene to help pull the woman, in her mid-50s, out of the North Sea; by then she had spent more than 20 minutes in the water.
The Humber Coastguard, which co-ordinated the response, said that she was not wearing a lifejacket when she fell in.
– Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard
"After over 20 minutes in the water with no lifejacket this woman is extremely lucky to be alive.
It's easy to feel that you are relatively safe when your vessel is alongside but as we can see from this incident accidents can and do happen.
Particular care needs to be taken when it's dark and you are on your own. A lifejacket is your lifesaver, particularly with air and water temperatures at only a few degrees."
– Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations manager
"She had been walking from her boat going ashore when she tripped on the pontoon and fell into the water.
She was taken to the University Hospital of Hartlepool by ambulance, suffering from the effects of the cold water.
The two lads did a great job in getting help fast and but for their prompt actions things might not have turned out as they did."
Lifeboat crews in the North of England saw their number of call outs drop by 29% this summer. They're crediting the fall on the wet weather. Ross Hutchinson looks at the affect the rain has had.
Three men have been rescued lifeboat crews after they drifted out to sea after falling asleep in a moored boat.
They woke early on Saturday morning to find themselves stranded off the coast of Cambois, in Northumberland.
The men, from Sunderland, were rescued by Newbiggin RNLI after calling for help on a mobile phone.
An RAF Search and Rescue team has released pictures of a rescue off the coast of Redcar this morning. Three anglers were rescued from a pleasure boat which began sinking, two miles off the coast of Redcar. The Ocean Pearl was bailed out and towed to shore.
A pleasure boat had to be rescued by the coastguard, lifeboats and the RAF when it began taking on water two miles off the coast of Redcar. Three anglers were rescued from the Ocean Pearl, which was then bailed out and towed back to shore.
Two lifeboats from Hartlepool, two from Redcar and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield were all called out when Humber Coastguard were alerted at 0910.
– Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard
"We were extremely concerned at the rate at which the Ocean Pearl was taking on water and so it was imperative that we had rescue resources on scene as soon as possible should the situation worsen."
Police searching for a missing 70 year old woman, have found a body on a beach at Sunderland.
The police helicopter, specialist search teams and the RNLI were alerted last night, when a woman was reported missing from an address in South Shields.
A woman's body was discovered on the beach shortly before 7am this morning. It is believed that the death is not being treated as suspicious.
An RNLI crew rescued three people on Sunday when a motorboat failed, two miles off Seaton Sluice. No one was injured but the boat was taking on water and had to be towed back to shore. The RNLI urged boats to carry lifejackets, VHF radio and flares, which would have made finding the vessel quicker.