Nine Anglers Rescued in Joint Rescue by Tynemouth and Sunderland RNLI Lifeboats. Photo: Jonny Lindsley

NINE anglers were rescued this afternoon by RNLI lifeboats from Tynemouth and Sunderland after their boat's engine failed, leaving them stranded six miles out to sea, east of Sunderland.

Tynemouth all-weather lifeboat and Sunderland RNLI lifeboat were launched at 4.52pm when Humber Coastguard received a distress call from the skipper of a 10m angling boat who reported that his engine had failed. 

Sunderland RNLI lifeboat with a volunteer crew of four reached the casualty vessel first after using radio direction finding equipment to precisely locate the casualty vessel then placed a volunteer crewman onboard as a safety precaution and to assess the situation.

A tow was then passed to the angling boat by the larger Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, which then towed the vessel and her occupants back to safety at Sunderland Harbour, arriving at 6.30pm.

After the angling boat  was safely tied up the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 19:00.

The casualty vessel was well-maintained, carried good safety equipment and her skipper had given his correct position to Humber Coastguard.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland

Photo: Jonny Lindsley.

 

Tynemouth & Sunderland RNLI Lifeboats in joint rescue of 9 anglersTynemouth RNLIServicesLifeboat,Rescue,RNLI,service,sunderland,TynemouthNINE anglers were rescued this afternoon by RNLI lifeboats from Tynemouth and Sunderland after their boat's engine failed, leaving them stranded six miles out to sea, east of Sunderland. Tynemouth all-weather lifeboat and Sunderland RNLI lifeboat were launched at 4.52pm when Humber Coastguard received a distress call from the skipper...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea