Trawler Rescued By Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat After Running Aground
A fishing vessel was rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat after running aground in the Tyne Harbour.
After launching, the lifeboat sped the short distance across the lower Tyne harbour and quickly located the stricken vessel, the 18m, 87 tonne Fraserburgh-based Shaulora which had four fishermen on board.
The lifeboat crew confirmed with the skipper of the Shaulora that his vessel was not badly damaged or taking on water, and attached a tow rope to allow the lifeboat to pull her away from the pier. Once that was complete, and the Harbourmaster happy that there was no danger of the Shaulora sinking in the harbour, the lifeboat crew established an alongside tow and took her to safety at Western Quay, North Shields where members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were waiting to assist with berthing.
Once the Shaulora was safely tied up on the quay, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 4.50am.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: ""Our volunteer crew members responded quickly to the potentially life-threatening situation of a vessel that may have been sinking.
"Thankfully the Shaulora wasn't badly damaged, none of the fishermen were injured and the fishing vessel was towed to safety in a textbook operation".
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.