Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Stricken Trawler Assisted By Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat

A TRAWLER with four fishermen on board sparked a rescue mission in the early hours of Monday after the vessel’s engine room flooded 12 miles off Sunderland.

The skipper of the North Shields-based Ocean Rover made a distress call to Humber Coastguard at 2.08am after he discovered a serious leak in his engine room.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat was immediately requested to launch and steamed at maximum speed to the trawler, arriving at 2.40am. A Bristow-operated HM Coastguard rescue helicopter was also tasked from Humberside airport.

Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew assessed the situation and found that the skipper of Ocean Rover had sealed the leak and had started his bilge pump to remove the seawater from his engine room.

With a large amount of water still to remove the lifeboat’s salvage pump was put on to the trawler and used to completely empty the engine room.

In the meantime the rescue helicopter arrived but as the emergency was over it was stood down and returned to base.

As the Ocean Rover’s engine was still operating and no other damage had been caused she then returned to North Shields fish quay, escorted by the lifeboat and with two members of the lifeboat crew on board her as a precaution.

Once the trawler was safely tied up the lifeboat refuelled and returned to station, arriving at 5am.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland