A fisherman was rescued by a fellow sailor yesterday after his boat started sinking. The skipper of The Anya called the coastguard to say the man aboard The Swifty appeared in distress off Whitburn, South Tyneside, at midday. The man, in his 50s from Sunderland, was transferred to Sunderland lifeboat and taken ashore where he was checked over by paramedics.
EMERGENCY crews yesterday raced to a busy street after pieces started falling from an old Co-Op building in Seaham, County Durham. Firefighters and council staff were called to the scene shortly before 3pm and a safety area was cordoned off around the three-storey building.
The fire crews made guttering and brickwork safe as council staff removed the fallen debris.
Taste of success
YOUNG chefs from three schools will be judged by a panel including celebrity chef Mark Earnden in a cooking battle tomorrowcorrect. Since April, pupils of St Antony's, Washington and Houghton Keiper Schools have been involved in `Cook It!' Clubs.
Rail safety gold
EAST Coast train operator GNER won a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for promoting a safety first culture on trains and in stations and depots. Their entry included extracts from its safety management system, focusing on how staff manage health and safety at work. The rail operator also illustrated risk assessments for new equipment, procedures or working practices, and steps it takes to manage its contractors.