Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth & Seahouses RNLI lifeboats rescue stranded trawler in nine hour operation

A TRAWLER was towed to safety today in an operation lasting nearly nine hours by Tynemouth and Seahouses RNLI lifeboats after the vessel suffered engine failure, leaving it and her three crew drifting 18 miles east of the Northumberland coast off Seahouses.

The skipper of North Shields-based Success III which had been travelling from Fraserburgh following overhaul radioed Humber Coastguard for assistance at 12:15pm. Seahouses RNLI Mersey class all weather lifeboat launched soon after, steaming at best speed to meet the trawler, then taking her under tow in rough seas and winds gusting up to 45mph.

It was decided to tow the 21m, 174 tonne Success III the 36 miles back to the Tyne as nearby harbours were not suitable due to tidal conditions, so Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch and meet the Seahouses lifeboat to take over the tow which was proving difficult for the smaller lifeboat in the poor conditions.

Tynemouth all weather lifeboat launched at 3.20pm with 6 crew and steamed north, meeting the vessels around 8 miles off Alnmouth just before 5pm.  The tow was passed from Seahouses lifeboat which then returned to station as Tynemouth lifeboat carried on the rescue mission for the remaining 25 miles, arriving at 8.40pm.

The lifeboat coxswain carried out the difficult task of putting the much bigger and heavier fishing vessel alongside North Shields fish quay and once Success III was safely tied up the lifeboat refuelled and returned to station.

Lifeboat (relief) 17-38 Daniel L Gibson