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Father and daughter saved after 45 minutes stranded at sea

A father and daughter have been rescued after being washed out to sea near Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

The girl had been swept into the sea by the heavy swell and her father had gone into help, but both were unable to get back to the shore.

The waves were reaching four metres high when the Whitby lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter were called out to save the pair.

By the time the lifeboat crew were able to find the casualties, they had been in the water for 45 minutes and were exhausted and struggling to stay afloat.

The lifeboat crew managed to pull them aboard to check them over, before they were winched to safety by the rescue helicopter and transferred to hospital.

Whitby RNLI Pilot Mike Russell said, "It was a difficult job, but both crews performed a textbook rescue. Thank goodness we reached the casualties in time to save their lives."