Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat at 16:22 after the skipper of the 4.5m cabin cruiser Crusty Crab radioed for help.
The vessel’s skipper had told Humber Coastguard that he was three miles east of the south Tyne pier but communications with the vessel were hampered by it having an intermittent VHF radio fault.
The lifeboat headed to the reported position but there were no vessels in the vicinity so the lifeboat commenced a search. A vessel just off South Shields was discounted but crewmembers at Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat station were preparing for a routine training exercise and reported that they had a vessel in sight around 2.5 miles east of their station that had not moved for some time.
The lifeboat sped to this vessel and discovered that it was indeed the stranded Crusty Crab. A tow was attached and the vessel taken to safety at Royal Quays Marina, North Shields.
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland