At just before 5pm the fishing vessel Kiroan contacted Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to say that they had heard the fishing vessel Rachel Jayne IV make a Mayday broadcast. The Rachel Jayne had said that she was taking on water and sinking 26 miles East North East of the Tynemouth Piers. The crew were also reported to be abandoning the vessel to their liferaft.
Humber Coastguard immediately tasked the RAF rescue helicopter based at RAF Boulmer and Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat to the scene. They also broadcast a Mayday alert message to vessels in the area requesting them to head for the scene. A large number of fishing vessels and commercial ships responded and headed towards the sinking boat.
As the lifeboat arrived the four crew had just been winched from the liferaft to the RAF helicopter and taken to Wansbeck General Hospital where they received medical attention.
The lifeboat crew recovered the liferaft that the fishermen used but were unable to save the Rachael Jayne IV which finally sank. They then returned to station, arriving at 20:30.
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland