Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Four people rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat

Four people were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat this morning when their boat’s engine failed, leaving them stranded off South Shields.

The skipper of a 6m motor boat called for help at 10.05am after his engine failed, leaving the boat drifting in rough seas a few hundred yards south of South Shields pier.

Owing to the sea conditions, Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched to rescue the three adults and one teenager onboard the boat.

Arriving on the scene just a few minutes after launching the casualty boat was taken under tow back into the Tyne. One crewmember went onboard the boat as a safety precaution and to deploy a drogue to keep the tow stable. The teenager was taken off the boat and onto the lifeboat as he was suffering from severe sea sickness.

Once in the shelter of the Tyne harbour, the lifeboat launched its inflatable ‘Y’ boat to take the casualty into South Shields slipway and maneuver it close enough to shore for it to be recovered.

Once the four were safely ashore the lifeboat recovered the ‘Y’ boat and returned to station, arriving at 11.30.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland