Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 19.20hrs by Humber Coastguard after reports were received of three small boats adrift in the river Tyne close to the Redheugh bridge, 8 miles inland.

Arriving on the scene the volunteer crew discovered the three small boats almost completely sunk but with no occupants. As there was no-one in any danger the crew waited until the boats presented no danger to anyone using the river then left the scene, returning to station at 20:30.

It is not known if the boats had been released from their moorings deliberately or had somehow broken loose in the torrential rain that had hit the area that afternoon.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat investigates three boats adrift in river TyneTynemouth RNLIServicesinshore,Lifeboat,Newcastle,RNLI,service,TynemouthTynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 19.20hrs by Humber Coastguard after reports were received of three small boats adrift in the river Tyne close to the Redheugh bridge, 8 miles inland. Arriving on the scene the volunteer crew discovered the three small boats almost completely sunk but...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea