Tyne & Wear

Empty dinghy off Northumberland coast prompts 'major search'

A "major" rescue operation is under way in Northumberland after an unmanned dinghy was found 15 miles (24km) off the coast.

The Coastguard, RNLI and a search and rescue helicopter were called at about 19:00 BST after a 7ft (2m) dinghy was found near Blyth.

Fresh fish, personal belongings and radio equipment were found onboard.

The Humber coastguard said a search had begun as it was "clear" someone had been on the boat.

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