TWO Fishermen and their boat were towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat after the vessel suffered mechanical failure.
The skipper of the 38-year-old 9.8m, 10tonne wooden fishing boat radioed UK Coastguard for assistance at 11:45 on Saturday (February 4th 2017) after his nets became wrapped around the propeller, damaging the propeller shaft and leaving the boat without power, drifting twelve miles due north of the Tyne piers, around six miles east of Newbiggin.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was immediately requested to launch by the UK Coastguard Operations Centre at Humber, and left the berth just seven minutes after the crew were paged.
Steaming at best speed, the lifeboat located the fishing boat thirty minutes after launching. The lifeboat crew quickly attached the tow rope and brought the boat and her two occupants to safety at North Shields Fish
Quay, arriving at 2.55pm.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said 'The skipper of the fishing vessel's efforts to get his vessel underway were unsuccessful so he did the right thing by calling UK Coastguard for assistance.
'The wind and the tide had pushed the fishing boat further out to sea and although the fishermen were in no immediate danger, to prevent the situation from escalating our volunteer lifeboat crew members brought them
and their boat back to safety as soon as possible.
For more information: Please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833 or at
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