Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 17:31 by Humber Coastguard after members of Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team observed a small vessel going round in circles approximately 1.5 miles off Lizard Point, South Tyneside. The behaviour of the vessel suggested that the crew had lost control or had possible gone overboard.
As the all weather lifeboat was already in the area performing the previous service the Coxswain decided to launch the inflatable 'Y' boat (carried on Severn class lifeboats) with two crewmembers as they would be likely to reach the suspected casualty vessel first.
The Y boat crew did locate the vessel and found its occupants to be safe and well and just fishing. The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene a few minutes after and was stood down, returning to station as the all weather lifeboat recovered the Y boat and continued with their tow.
Lifeboat (relief): D-720 Norma and Bill Burleigh & Y-233