On 17 Nov 1962, the lifeboat ‘George Elmy’ went out to rescue the coble ‘Economy’. Nine men died in the rescue attempt.
Lifeboat Crew of the ‘George Elmy’
John T. Miller (Coxswain)
Fred Gippert (Second Coxswain)
Crew of the coble ‘Economy’
David Burrell (aged 9)
Sole Survivor of the coble ‘Economy’
Donald Burrell (later moved to Nottingham, died there in early 1990s, his ashes were scattered in the North Sea off Seaham).
The East Durham Heritage Group has a far more detailed article on the disaster.