A YACHT suspected of being on fire prompted a major response on Monday afternoon.
A passing vessel alerted Humber Coastguard to the potential emergency after seeing smoke coming from the 10m yacht approaching Royal Quays Marina, North Shields. Both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats were paged and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat which was already not far away outside the Tyne piers was also tasked. Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue were also despatched as were the TVLB. Tyne ferry Pride of the Tyne also stood by.
Cullercoats lifeboat reached the yacht soon after, with Tynemouth inshore lifeboat arriving on scene soon after. The all weather lifeboat remained on standby to launch.
Once the yacht was tied up alongside a pontoon at the marina it was checked over by the fire brigade and no actual fire was found. The cause of the smoke was plastic wrapping blocking the water inlet to the engine which led to the engine overheating which melted the coolant hoses.
Once it was confirmed the yacht and its occupants were in no danger the lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble