Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the all weather lifeboat at 16:53 after the skipper of the 9m yacht made a distress call.
The lifeboat launched six minutes after being paged and located the casualty vessel and her four occupants after a brief search. After assessing the situation it was discovered that the yacht was not sinking but still required a tow to safety. The tow rope was attached and the tow started back to Royal Quays marina, North Shields.
During the tow the lifeboat crew paused to launch the inflatable 'Y' boat to go to the assistance of a vessel reported by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team to be in possible difficulty a mile off Lizard Point, South Tyneside. Details here.
After the Y boat was recovered the tow was continued without further assistance and the lifeboat returned to station at 18:55.
Lifeboat (relief): 17-17 Fraser Flyer (Civil Service no.43)