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RAF crew from Yorkshire help in pleasure boat rescue

A helicopter from RAF Leaconfield near Beverley joined four lifeboats to help rescue a pleasure boat which began to take on water two miles out to sea today.

The rescue happened off the coast of Redcar, Teesside, after three anglers on board the Ocean Pearl contacted the Humber Coastguard about the emergency. The Ocean Pearl was being towed back to shore when the decision was made to beach it at Redcar.

No one was hurt in the operation this morning.

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Rescue of horse stuck in well

A leading firefighter has described the rescue of a horse, stuck down a well in West Yorkshire, as one of the most complicated he has ever carried out. The terrified animal was trapped for five days. Its owners were unable to locate it, even though they could hear it whinnying in distress.

Firefighters were called in and the horse was eventually discovered, trapped in a chamber on farmland at Knottingley. Officer in charge Pete Owen said he had never known such a perilous rescue in all his 27 years but that miraculously, the horse had been released without injury.

We don't even know HOW the horse had managed to fit itself into such a small chamber, it must have struggled and wedged itself in. We really were amazed it wasn't injured.

– Pete Owen, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

River Aire rescue

A woman in her 20s had to be rescued by fire crews after falling into the River Aire in Leeds last night. The woman, who appeared to have been on a night out, fell into the water but managed to pull herself onto the river bank at Bridge End, near the Aireline Taxis depot.

A spokesperson for the fire service said they received a call from the police shortly after midnight asking for assistance to rescue the woman from the verge. Five fire engines responded. Crews used a ladder to reach her and left her in the care of paramedics who then took her to hospital.

Lifeboat rescue

A man who became stuck in mud whilst walking along a beach at Reighton, near Filey, was rescued by a team of coastguards and two lifeboats. The man, in his fifties, called for help but his rescuers were unable to locate him.

When he was found, he was waist-deep in water. His rescue involved coastguard units from Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Burniston and inshore lifeboats from Filey and Flamborough. He was taken to Scarborough hospital, cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.

Barge rescue

A pleasure barge was rescued after it broke down on the Humber early this morning

The Humber Lifeboat team were called out to rescue a barge which broke down as it sailed into the river Humber this morning.

The Shamrock was carrying four people when its engine broke at around 3am. They all arrived safely on shore.

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