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Lifeguard rescued stranded dog from beach in Sunderland

Credit: RNLI

A lifeguard rescued a stranded dog from 'Cats and Dogs' beach in Sunderland yesterday.

Gertie the Jack Russell had chased some birds into the sea, but then got stuck on a rock.

RNLI lifeguard Joe Wilson spotted Gertie after he heard her owners shouting. He waded out to the rock she was stuck on - where she was up to her chest in water and too scared to swim.

Joe then carried Gertie back to shore and her grateful owners.

He said: "She was stressed and shaking when I reached her but seemed very happy to see me. Our charity’s lifeguards assist with animal rescues to prevent owners from putting themselves in danger. We were very happy to get Gertie’s paws back on dry land and offered her owners some friendly safety advice about tide times."


Massive sea search is called off

Dinghy was found 15 miles off the coast at Blyth Credit: RNLI

Lifeboat crews and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer have been involved in a massive sea search through the night. It began after an empty fishing dinghy was found 15 miles off the coast at Blyth. The coastguard was concerned their could be missing occupants. No further searches will take place.

The search was called off overnight Credit: RNLI

Full Report: Family rescued from North Yorkshire river

The emergency services say a mother and her two young daughters are 'lucky to be alive' after flash floods left them clinging to a tree in the middle of a swollen river.

It happened yesterday at the River Ure in North Yorkshire, about seven miles from Ripon.

The family were eventually hauled to safety by a helicopter winchman - but not until after a 90 minute ordeal.

Watch the full report from Jon Hill below.


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River rescuer talks about dramatic operation

Sergeant Jon Bramfitt Credit: ITV Yorkshire

One of the RAF rescue team who saved a family stranded in a swollen river has spoken about the dramatic operation to get them to dry land. The RAF rescue helicopter from Leconfield was scrambled after a woman and two children got into trouble in rising waters in the River Ure in North Yorkshire.

"This was quite a tricky operation to carry out the rescue of a mother and her two young daughters from the swollen River Ure and it involved approximately a 125 foot winch.

They were in a precarious position and given time with rising water levels the outcome could have been worse."

Sgt Jon Bramfitt, RAF Leconfield

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