AN angling boat that had become grounded on a sandbank in the river Tyne near Hebburn was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat late this evening.
The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 22:15 by Humber Coastguard who had been alerted that the angling vessel Highlander had become grounded near the A&P shipyard at Hebburn, 6 miles upriver from the lifeboat station. The vessel’s engine could not be restarted.
Port of Tyne pilot launch Bewick was standing by the Highlander but was unable to assist due to the shallow water. The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene and the crew attached a tow to the stuck vessel and towed her off the bank. At this point the Bewick was stood down and the inshore lifeboat towed the angling boat to her moorings at Willington Quay boat club. Once the Highlander was safely moored and her occupants safely ashore the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 23:20.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble