There is no messing about on the river for Merchant Navy cadets who are spending 24-hours floating on the Tyne for an intrepid charity challenge.
Braving the elements – including an expected westerly wind and night chill - they will huddle in a survival raft, tethered to a jetty only by rope from midday on Monday, July 3.
Ten cadets from South Shields Marine School have volunteered for a venture which aims to raise at least £500 for good causes.
They donned survival suits – and were able to request sea sickness tablets - before they stepped into the inflatable.

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A South Shields Marine School student who put his career on hold to pay for medical care for his father has finally gained his dream qualification – proving he is an officer as well as a gentleman.

Murali Balakrishnan has passed exams at our world-leading marine school - six years after using £12,000 of savings, meant for course fees and living costs, to cover hospital expenses.

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