FIVE people on board a 7m angling boat were rescued by two Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crewmembers when their vessel became tangled in a lobster pot line.

FIVE people on board a 7m angling boat were rescued by two Tynemouth RNLI volunteer crewmembers when their vessel became tangled in a lobster pot line.

The boat, a converted ships lifeboat, had crossed the pot line just east of the Groyne light in the lower Tyne harbour, and the line became entangled in the propeller shaft, stranding the boat and its five occupants.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 16:02 and the crew made their way the short distance across the river to the casualty vessel.

The crew attempted to untangle the propeller but were unable to do so, and were forced to cut the line, attaching a new marker buoy to it so the lobster pot could be lifted. They then towed the boat to a safe mooring at Royal Quays marina, North Shields, where the owner could make repairs and where they were met by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who provided some safety advice.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats have launched a total of 49 times during 2012, with the all weather lifeboat launching 22 times, and the inshore lifeboat 27 times.

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