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Concert to remember Seaham lifeboat disaster

The concert will remember the disaster on November 17, 1962. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust.

A concert is being held tonight to mark the 52nd anniversary of a lifeboat disaster which claimed nine lives.

On 17th November 1962, the George Elmy left Seaham Harbour for the fateful journey to try to rescue four crew and a nine year old boy from a fishing cobble which had got into difficulties.

The lifeboat was hit by two huge waves and overturned, killing nine people including a 9-year-old boy. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust

On its return and just yards from the pier, the George Elmy was hit by two huge waves and overturned. All five lifeboat crew drowned, as well as three fisherman and the young boy.

All five lifeboat crew members died in the disaster. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust

As part of the East Durham Creates Festival an outdoor concert is taking place at Seaham Marina to commemorate those who lost their lives. It includes a composition to mark the tragedy.

The lifeboat was lovingly restored after it was found for sale on Ebay and now stands in the town's original 1870s lifeboat house.

'Two hours later, I'd have died' says spider bite survivor

A woman from Seaham lost a finger and very nearly lost her life after being bitten by a spider.

The venomous attack, which left Andrea Wallace with a flesh eating condition, didn't happen in a remote destination but instead in a Sunderland park, right here in the North East.

She has shared her remarkable story with Gregg Easteal:

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Spider bite left woman with poison spreading to her heart

A hairdresser from Seaham had to have a finger amputated after catching a flesh-eating bug from a spider bite. Andrea Wallace was bitten by a False Widow spider. Doctors said the bite could have killed her. She was in hospital for ten weeks.

She has described the extent of her injuries, speaking of the moment she got to hospital and was rushed in where they immediately "cut her hand open" and had to act quickly because the poison was spreading to her heart.

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Seaham woman loses finger after spider bite

False Widow Spider Credit: PA

A hairdresser from Seaham had to have a finger amputated after catching a flesh-eating bug from a spider bite. Andrea Wallace was bitten by a False Widow spider. Doctors said the bite could have killed her.

RNLI: Yacht fire was a 'very frightening situation'

The RNLI has described a yacht fire 10 miles off the North East coast as a 'very frightening situation'. The sailor abandoned the yacht and was unhurt.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool

‘Fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. We understand the boat was his home and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland, but it looks like he’s lost nearly everything.

‘He seems to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation. He launched the liferaft correctly and had everything he needed to keep safe, including a lifejacket, flares and water. He’s now being looked after by the Coastguard and we wish him well for his journey home.’

– Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden

Sailor escapes burning yacht 10 miles off coast

A sailor had to abandon his yacht 10 miles off the North East coast after an explosion started a fire on board.

Hartlepool RNLI helped the man at 5.50am this morning (August 22). When volunteers arrived, the 38ft yacht was well alight.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Tynemouth
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National award for one-eyed County Durham cat

A cat from County Durham has been selected as 'National Cat of the Year'. Nelson, owned by Andrea Huntley-Crow, of Seaham, has also won the Most Incredible Story award.

Nelson, 20, has had struggles. He was thrown into the sea in a sack, lived rough on the docks, lost an eye and suffered a heart condition.

We caught up with Nelson before he was announced as the winner.

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