Deputy Coxswain Dave Robinson skippers Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat during a service to rescue a standed yacht

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched at 09.47 after the skipper of an 18' yacht radioed Humber Coastguard for assistance after their vessel's engine failed, stranding the yacht and her two occupants a mile and a half east of the Tyne piers.

The lifeboat, with Deputy Coxswain Dave Robinson in charge, reached the yacht just a few minutes after launching and towed her to safety at Royal Quays Marina, North Shields.

The yacht's crew had taken the vessel to sea for the first time this year but despite testing her engine in the river Tyne, motion in the swell outside the piers is thought to have caused sediment in the fuel tank to pass into the fuel system, causing fuel starvation and engine failure. 

It's a timely reminder for all boat owners to fully check and clean their mechanical systems before going to sea after a vessel has been laid up over the winter months.

Lifeboat (relief):  17-17 Fraser Flyer

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat assists yacht in difficultyTynemouth RNLIServicesTynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched at 09.47 after the skipper of an 18' yacht radioed Humber Coastguard for assistance after their vessel's engine failed, stranding the yacht and her two occupants a mile and a half east of the Tyne piers. The lifeboat, with Deputy Coxswain Dave Robinson...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea