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Thanking the Bridlington crew who saved her life

Dee Howkins with Steve Cowan and Shaun Hayes from the Gypsey Race
Dee Howkins with Steve Cowan and Shaun Hayes from the Gypsey Race

The woman who was pulled from a harbour after 90 minutes in the water has hailed the crew of Bridlington’s dredger the Gypsey Race as true heroes.

Dee Howkins had been chatting to other dolphin spotters near the lighthouse at Berwick-on-Tweed when she tripped and fell.

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Nobody saw her stumble into the water and she was left clinging to rocks for an hour-and-a-half until Steve Cowan and Shaun Hayes, who were working in the area, spotted her clinging to rocks.

Dee said she had ditched her backpack but was concerned about the currents at high tide.

Steve called coastguards and the local lifeboat crew rescued her but her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to a critical care unit at Cramlington. However, after five days in hospital she has made a good recovery .

Dee said she and her family thanked ‘wholeheartedly’ Steve and Shaun, the emergency services and the NHS staff.