The skipper of the North Shields-based Sanrene called Humber Coastguard for help at 8.30pm on Thursday after his vessel’s nets became wrapped round its propeller, stopping the engine. The fishermen made every attempt to free the nets but were left with no option but to radio for assistance.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launched soon after and sped to meet the Sanrene which was due east of the Tyne piers.
The stranded vessel was reached in two hours, with the volunteer lifeboat crew quickly attaching a tow rope to it before setting off on the slow 60-mile overnight tow back to North Shields Fish Quay.
The journey took 8 and a half hours, arriving at 6.30am on Friday morning. Once the Sanrene was safely alongside the quay the lifeboat refuelled and returned to station, over ten hours after launching.
The long 120-mile round trip rescue came just a day after another fishing vessel was rescued in a 46-mile round trip tow.
Lifeboat (relief): 17-38 Daniel L Gibson