FOUR sailing dinghies were helped to safety early this afternoon by Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat after they were unable to make their own way back to shore from outside the Tyne piers due to strong winds.
The RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 12:24 after Tynemouth Sailing Club members called for assistance when their own safety boat suffered engine failure.
Cullercoats lifeboat took two of the dinghies in tow and Tynemouth lifeboat the other two, taking them to safety at Tynemouth Haven.
Tynemouth all weather lifeboat was also launched in support as a large cargo ship was leaving the river to ensure all of the casualty vessels were clear of the main shippping channel.
Once all of the dinghies were safely ashore the lifeboats returned to station.
Lifeboats (both relief): D-720 Norma and Bill Burleigh, 17-17 Fraser Flyer (Civil Service No.43)