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Parents of teenage girl who died swept out to sea: "youngsters should respect the water"

The parents of a teenage girl, who died after being swept to sea in North Tyneside, are warning of the dangers the water can present.

15 year old Caitlin Ruddy was washed off North Pier, at Cullercoats, in January this year, by a large wave. She died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Now her mother Sabrina Cook, and step-father Ashley Cook, are backing an RNLI campaign called Respect The Water.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The RNLI is aiming to reduce the number of coastal deaths which, nationally, reached a 3 year high of 168 people in 2015.

Caitlin's parents say they're grateful to the work the RNLI do.

North Tyneside's beaches win awards

Cullercoats Beach Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Tyneside's beaches have picked up another award.

Tynemouth's Longsands and King Edwards Bay beaches, Cullercoats Bay and Whitley Bay have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the online travel review website TripAdvisor. They've been recognised for the quality of customer's experiences when visiting the beaches.

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Memorial held for Caitlin Ruddy

A vigil has been held this evening in memory of the teenager Caitlin Ruddy, who died last weekend after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside.

Family and friends gathered in at a relative's house in Newcastle to pin messages onto a memorial tree.

Caitlin died last weekend, shortly after this photo was posted to her Facebook account

15-year-old Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats Bay last Saturday night. She was pulled from the sea but later died at Cramlington Hospital after a cardiac arrest.

Her uncle, Shaun Ruddy, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees before the vigil:

Internet troll given community order after targeting tribute page for Caitlin Ruddy

Caitlin Ruddy who died after being swept out to sea last weekend

A man who posted abusive comments on an online page left for 15-year old Caitlin Ruddy has been ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.

25-year-old Martin Paul pleaded guilty to a malicious communications offence in relation to the teenager, who died after being swept in to the sea at Cullercoats on the North Tyneside coast on Saturday.

Martin Paul of Burnage Lane, Manchester, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay surcharge of £60 as well as £85 court costs.

15-year old Caitlin Ruddy who died after being swept into the sea by a wave whilst with friends on Cullercoats pier

Man charged over Caitlin Ruddy online comments

The 15-year-old girl was swept out to sea on North Tyneside on Saturday night.

Northumbria Police have charged a man in relation to online comments made about teenager Caitlin Ruddy. She died at the weekend after being swept into the sea at Cullercoats.

Martin Paul, who is 25, and from the Burnage Lane area of Manchester, has been charged with a malicious communications offence.

He will appear at Manchester / Salford Magistrates court today.

Grandfather of teenager swept out to sea says there should be barriers on pier

The grandfather of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital has said there should be protection put in place to stop it happening again.

Caitlin Ruddy was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave on Saturday evening. She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.

Her grandfather Thomas Ruddy said it 'might be other children' if protection isn't put in place.

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