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.
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