THREE men were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI volunteers late on Monday evening when their dinghy’s engine failed, leaving them stranded and clinging to a buoy in the lower Tyne harbour.
The alarm was raised at 22:41 when the crew of the Port of Tyne Pilot launch Collingwood came across the boat, with the three holding onto a fairway buoy in the harbour. They had no means of calling for help and had been there for two hours. The Pilot crew kept a watch over them and called for assistance.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, which sped the short distance from the lifeboat station to the stricken boat. The lifeboat crew quickly attached a tow rope to the boat and took it to its moorings a short distance upriver at Corporation Quay.
Once the three men were safely ashore the lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble