Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat rescues Danish trawler MalicaTynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland launched at 13:53 after Humber Coastguard received a mobile phone call from the Danish trawler Malica which had suffered engine failure 14 nautical miles north east of the Tyne piers and had also lost her VHF radio communications. Her Automatic Identification System (AIS) was still transmitting which gave Humber Coastguard her position and confirmed the vessel was drifting south east with the tide. She had two crew onboard (plus the skipper's Peugeot 206 on the deck!) and was on passage from the Danish fishing town of Thyborøn to Sunderland after being bought by a boat dealer.

The lifeboat reached the 20 meter vessel at 14:25 and having confirmed that she was the vessel in difficulty the crew quickly attached a tow rope and started the long haul to Sunderland which was made difficult by the 200 tonne weight of the Malica and heavy seas swamping the foredeck well of the Malica which necessitated the lifeboat's salvage pump being placed onboard her to clear the water.

Arriving in Sunderland harbour at 17:30 the lifeboat coxswain carefully manoevred the the fishing vessel onto a cramped berth and once that was completed the lifeboat returned to the Tyne, refuelled and returned to station at 18:50, nearly five hours after launching.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland.

Two men aboard stranded trawler rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboatTynemouth RNLIServicesDanish,Fishing,HG214,Lifeboat,Lifeboats,Malica,Rescue,RNLI,stranded,Trawler,TynemouthTynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland launched at 13:53 after Humber Coastguard received a mobile phone call from the Danish trawler Malica which had suffered engine failure 14 nautical miles north east of the Tyne piers and had also lost her VHF radio communications. Her Automatic Identification System (AIS) was still transmitting which...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea