One of the three occupants on board the small motorboat made a radio for help at 11:35 after what is believed to have been a dispute between the men.
UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all weather lifeboat which sped the few hundred yards east of the lifeboat station to the boat. The crew of the Port of Tyne launch Collingwood had also responded and were next to the vessel. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were also tasked to assist on shore.
After ensuring there was no-one in immediate danger the occupants of the boat were brought onto the lifeboat, and with their boat under tow, taken to the pilot jetty on North Shields Western Quay. Once police officers had arrived, the anglers were put ashore for them to deal with whatever had transpired and the lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland