A POWERBOAT with two occupants was escorted to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Thursday evening.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat at 20:58 after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who had been watching a speedboat make its way back towards the River Tyne. The man had seen the vessel almost capsize in waves off King Edward’s Bay, and then again as it entered the river mouth, and was very concerned for the safety of the person onboard.
Members of the TVLB kept watch over the the craft from shore until the Lifeboat arrived soon after. The vessel was found to be suffering intermittent engine failure likely due to fuel starvation but was able to make its own way to South Shields, escorted by the lifeboat. Once the occupants were safely ashore the lifeboat and three crew returned to station.