Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat tows the motorboat to safety past Tynemouth pier. Photo: Chris Reay TWO men onboard a motorboat were rescued by the crew of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat yesterday evening after their vessel ran out of fuel leaving them stranded half a mile off Cullercoats.

The lifeboat was on a regular crew training exercise when the three crew members noticed a boat that had not moved for some time and were about to investigate when the occupants of another boat informed them that the vessel had actually broken down.

The lifeboat crew attached a tow to the 5m boat and towed it and the two occupants, both from Gateshead, to safety at South Shields slipway where the boat was recovered from the water.

The occupants of the boat were given advice about carrying suitable safety equipment as they had no VHF radio, no lifejackets or distress flares.

Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble

Stranded men rescued by Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboatTynemouth RNLIServicesBoat,Cullercoats,inshore,Lifeboat,Motor,Rescue,RNLI,service,Station,Tyne,TynemouthTWO men onboard a motorboat were rescued by the crew of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat yesterday evening after their vessel ran out of fuel leaving them stranded half a mile off Cullercoats. The lifeboat was on a regular crew training exercise when the three crew members noticed a boat that had...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea