A jet ski rider was rescued by three Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members yesterday after his craft suffered engine failure leaving him stranded three miles out to sea, east of Tynemouth.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 13:04 when they received a report by mobile phone that a jet ski rider was stranded, but the position was given as being approximately half a mile off South Shields.

The lifeboat crew made their way to tthat general location but were unable to locate the casualty. After searching they were given a better location by the occupants of a small motor cruiser and eventually located the jet ski and its rider, who had no marine VHF radio or naviagtional aid such as a handheld GPS and was effectively lost.

A tow rope was attached to the craft which was then taken to safety at South Shields slipway.

Unfortunately the towing operation was hampered by another jet ski rider who continually 'buzzed' the vessels, making the tow more difficult by creating additional wash and creating noise, making it difficult for the lifeboat crew to shout instructions to the rider of the jet ski under tow and also make radio communications.

The casualty was taken into shallow water where the grateful jet ski rider was able to recover the vessel onto a trailer. The lifeboat returned to station at 14:30.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

Jet ski rider rescued by Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat Tynemouth RNLIServicesinshore,jet ski,Lifeboat,Rescue,RNLI,service,TynemouthA jet ski rider was rescued by three Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members yesterday after his craft suffered engine failure leaving him stranded three miles out to sea, east of Tynemouth. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 13:04 when they received a report by mobile...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea