Volunteer Life Brigade members have been gathering in South Shields to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a dramatic sea rescue. The Lebanese steamer the Adelfotis was blown onto the beach by gale force winds. The captain and 22 members of his crew were rescued by breeches buoy.
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