Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Sailor on sinking boat rescued by Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboats

 A LONE sailor was rescued this afternoon by RNLI lifeboats from Tynemouth and Cullercoats after his boat started taking on water near St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay.
The RNLI lifeboats were launched at 12:45pm after the skipper of the 7m cabin cruiser radioed Humber Coastguard for urgent assistance after finding water had filled his engine compartment, stopping the motor.
As the lifeboats sped to the rescue, a nearby small boat came across and the occupants helped by using a small handheld pump to try to stop the water getting higher.
Cullercoats inshore lifeboat reached the boat first and their volunteer crew of four quickly put their powered pump onboard and soon reduced the level of the water. They then started to tow the boat back to safety in the river Tyne, with two crew staying onboard the boat as a precaution.
The larger Tynemouth all weather lifeboat, which carries a much bigger pump, arrived soon after and although its pump was not needed, the lifeboat took over the tow from the Cullercoats lifeboat, which remained alongside.
The tow back to safety took thirty minutes and passed without further incident and the boat was put on the moorings at its Royal Quays Marina base.
Once the boat was secure and its owner safely on dry land both RNLI lifeboats returned to station.


Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland