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Search to resume for missing man

A search for a man believed to have disappeared in the sea after attempting to save his dog will resume this morning.

The man has been missing off the coast of Hendon beach in Sunderland since around 4pm yesterday.

A woman who also went into the water was rescued by an RNLI crew shortly after the first emergency call was received and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The dog was said to have made its own way back to the beach.

Two teams from Humber Coastguard, two crews from Sunderland RNLI and a police helicopter were involved in the search, which was called off at around 10.45pm.

A spokeswoman for Humber Coastguard said last night: "The crews have done all they can in the dark but we have suspended the search until the morning.

"We will start again around 9.30am at low tide when it is safest to search."

She added: "Eyewitnesses who called 999 said they believed the two people went into the water after their dog who had got into trouble in the water.

"The lifeboat crew had just finished another incident to the north of Hendon when the call came in so they couldn't have got there any quicker."

James Jamieson, operations manager at Sunderland RNLI, said his crew rescued the woman shortly after beginning their search for the pair but were stood down by the coastguard around 8.15pm when it became dark.

"Our thoughts are very much with the casualties and their friends and family," he said.

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