The skipper of the 9.8m, 10 tonne Rebecca radioed Humber Coastguard for assistance shortly after 14:10 and after getting details of the incident Coastguards requested the all weather lifeboat to assist at 14:17, with the lifeboat launching just a few minutes later.
Arriving at the position given by the skipper of the Rebecca the lifeboat crew were unable to locate her but found her a few minutes later a mile north where the tide and wind had carried her. By then the fishing vessel had also lost all electrical power.
The tow rope was attached and the vessel towed back to the Tyne in an operation made more difficult by heavy seas.
The Rebecca was made secure on North Shields fish quay and after refuelling the lifeboat returned to station at 18:55.
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland.
Photo: Andrew King, Video: Michael KR Brown.