THREE anglers were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat when their boat's engine failed due to overheating, leaving them stranded five miles off the Tyne piers.

THREE anglers were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat when their boat's engine failed due to overheating, leaving them stranded five miles off the Tyne piers.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 14:20 when they were passed a telephone call from the skipper of the boat who had called the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's Marine Services division.

The lifeboat reached the stranded 8 metre Sapphire and towed the vessel and her three occupants back to her moorings at Howdon, and after refuelling returned to station at 16:45.

The angling boat was not equipped with a marine VHF radio and using a mobile phone so far from shore is unreliable. The RNLI urges anyone going to sea to carry good communication equipment.  Comprehensive Sea Safety advice can be found on the RNLI website here.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland

Anglers rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboatTynemouth RNLIServicesangling,Boat,Lifeboat,Rescue,RNLI,service,TynemouthTHREE anglers were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat when their boat's engine failed due to overheating, leaving them stranded five miles off the Tyne piers. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 14:20 when they were passed a telephone call from the skipper of the boat who...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea