A FISHING vessel with five crew was towed 40 miles to safety in a six-hour mission by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Wednesday.
The skipper of the North Shields-based Success III called UK Coastguard for assistance shortly before 11am when his 21m, 174 tonne vessel became stranded 40 miles North East of the Tyne after suffering mechanical failure.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to go to the assistance of the fishermen, and launched at 10:58, steaming at best speed to meet the Success III 70 minutes later.
The tow rope was quickly attached by the volunteer lifeboat crew and the lifeboat set off on the long, slow tow back to North Shields Fish Quay where the boats arrived without incident at 18:35.
Once the Success III was safely tied up the lifeboat went to refuel before returning to station, with her crew finally returning to dry land at 19:45, eight hours and 45 minutes after launching.
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland