Members of the South Shields and Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigades who took part in a dramatic rescue 50 years ago are being reunited today.
On 20th January 1963 the Lebanese steamer Adelfotis was wrecked next to the Groyne as she tried to take shelter in the Tyne. The rescue of the captain and 22 members of the crew -and the mascot puppy Manuella - was the last time a shore-based breeches buoy was used in the North East to save lives.
There's a special open day at the Volunteer Life Brigade headquarters between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday afternoon (20th January). Archive film of the rescue will be shown at the event.
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