Man missing in the sea off Sunderland after trying to rescue a dog

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A MAN is missing after he went into the sea at Sunderland to rescue a dog.

A rescue operation was launched after the emergency call came into the Coast Guard at 4.25pm.

It is believed that the man and a woman went into the water off Commercial Road in Hendon to retrieve a dog.

The woman has since been found and has been taken to hospital.

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