Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launched to investigate a possible sinking vesselThe activation of a marine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) early on Wednesday morning (January 22nd) led to  Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launching to investigate a possible sinking vessel.

UK Coastguard’s National Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received the beacon’s signal shortly before 2am and immediately passed the incident to the Humber Operations Centre who attempted to make contact by radio with the vessel the beacon was registered to, a 106 tonne, 16m fishing vessel. The beacon transmitted its position as being 9 miles northeast of the Tyne piers.

As an EPIRB activation can mean a vessel is sinking or has sunk, Tynemouth RNLI’s Severn class all weather lifeboat was launched to go to the vessel’s reported position and investigate.

UK Coastguard continued calling the vessel but received no response.

Arriving on scene 20 minutes after launching, the lifeboat crew located the beacon, floating 200m from the fishing vessel which appeared to be in no difficulty.  The EPIRB was recovered from the sea and deactivated before the lifeboat went alongside the fishing vessel which had now begun to respond to UK Coastguard’s radio calls.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launched to investigate a possible sinking vesselA member of the lifeboat crew went aboard the fishing vessel to return the EPIRB and confirm there was no emergency. Once UK Coastguard was satisfied this had been a false alarm, the lifeboat returned to the Tyne.

It appeared that the EPIRB had either fallen or been knocked into the sea from its mount, and as soon as it entered salt water it automatically activated, sending a signal to the COSPAS-SARSAT International Satellite System for Search and Rescue which was then picked up by UK Coastguard.

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https://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/thumbnail_IMG_9804-1024x768.jpghttps://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/thumbnail_IMG_9804-100x100.jpgTynemouth RNLIFeaturedServicesall weather lifeboat,Humber Coastguard,Services,Tynemouth RNLIThe activation of a marine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) early on Wednesday morning (January 22nd) led to  Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launching to investigate a possible sinking vessel. UK Coastguard's National Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received the beacon's signal shortly before 2am and immediately passed the incident...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea