A fisheries patrol vessel with a steering fault was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat today.
The skipper of the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) 16m patrol vessel St Aidan called Humber Coastguard at 12:20 for assistance after the vessel developed steering difficulties 6 miles east of Blyth.
The vessel was still under her own power but would be unable to manoeuvre in harbour and onto its berth in Royal Quays Marina.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launched with 6 volunteer crew members 6 minutes later and steamed north to meet the St Aidan, arriving at 12:50.
The lifeboat’s tow rope was secured to the St Aidan and she and her 5 crew towed to safety in the Tyne, arriving at Royal Quays at 13:50.
Once the vessel was safely tied up alongside a pontoon the lifeboat refuelled and returned to station.