Man rescued from sinking boat by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat
Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 11.09am on August 22nd by Humber Coastguard aftere they received a report of a boat in difficulty on the river Tyne near Jarrow. The boat appeared to the informant to be very low in the water and in difficulty.
Arriving on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew discovered the boat, a coble with one man on board, to be jammed into stays on the river bank. The boat's engine had suffered a cooling leak into the boat, which caused the engine to overheat and fail, causing the powerless vessel to drift into the north bank of the Tyne, then back across to the south bank, where it became stuck.
The lifeboat crew took the man off the boat while marine police officers who happened to be passing towed the boat out from the river bank.
A friend of the boat owner then arrived in another boat to tow it to Friar's Goose Marina in Gateshead, for repairs. The lifeboat then returned to station.