Leeds nostalgia: Leeds lads saved from swollen sea in August 1981

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Two Leeds youths who were swept out to sea while clinging to an overturned dinghy were airlifted to safety by an RAF rescue helicopter.

Albert Thorne, 18, of Langdale Avenue, Headingley and Richard Storey. 16. Pf Dyson House, Argie Avenue, Kirkstall, were landed on the shore shocked and cold. Coastguards were alerted after the deinghy capsized off the coast of Northumberland in choppy waters between Seahouses and Bamburgh. Albert, a CCTV engineer, was on a camping holiday with three friends. His father, Albert, said his son was a strong swimmer but added he had not much sailing experience.

Meanwhile, Richard’s mother, Marie, said on August 4: “I only found out this morning. My husband runs a barber’s shop in Armley and he was told about the incident by one of his customers. Richard has done some sailing and conoeing with his school but he is my no means experienced.”

In a separate incident, a Leeds couple were hurt while visiting the Grand Canyon. David Sutcliffe and wife Patricia, from Whitkirk, were among six people injured when the light aircraft crashed short of the runway after its engine failed.

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