TWO people on board a 6m cabin cruiser were towed to safety by Tynemouth lifeboat station’s boarding boat after the vessel’s engine failed in the river Tyne next to the former Lloyds hailing jetty, next to the lifeboat station.
The station Coxswain and Mechanic noticed the boat stopping at 14:45 and quickly utilised the station boarding boat to go to here assistance. They attached a tow rope to the Midnight Pumpkin before taking her to safety at Royal Quays Marina.
The vessel was well-maintained and had all the requisite safety equipment but had suffered a fuel blockage.
Lifeboat: Boarding boat BB-501
The station boarding boat is used by the crew to board our Severn class all weather lifeboat which is moored afloat between two piles. She is former D-class lifeboat D-501 Forest Row Choir which served at Shoreham Harbour from 1996 – 2005 then as a relief lifeboat until 2007.