Newbiggin lifeboat rescues stranded fishing boat with safe recovery

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 30 July, Newbiggin RNLI recovered a stranded fishing boat after the vessel suffered steering failure.

Training - Stock photograph

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Lifeboat

The call came in around noon today from the UK Coastguard Humber Operations Centre who had received a report of a stranded 8m fishing boat at the River Wansbeck estuary. The two occupants of the vessel had climbed out of the vessel and were on the beach nearby.

Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon with four volunteer crew on board launched from the beach and headed south to the casualty position. Once on scene the lifeboat towed the vessel off the beach and then it was brought to a mooring in the river.

Throughout the incident a team from Newbiggin Coastguard provided coordination from the shore as well as providing valuable assistance in the refloating operation. They received the casualty at the river mooring where safety advice was given.

Today’s call is the third one so far this month with earlier calls to overdue persons.

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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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The casualty in tow

RNLI/ Newbiggin Coastguard Team

Newbiggin lifeboat towing the casualty off the beach
A view of the estuary with the tide ebbed

RNLI/Richard Martin

River Wansbeck estuary

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