Six anglers had a lucky escape when their boat started taking on water half a mile out to sea.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat were called out at 3.30pm on Thursday, June 11, after the skipper of the 8m angling boat Faith made a distress call off the coastline at South Shields.
First on scene was Tynemouth RNLI who took the anglers off and put three crew members on board with a salvage pump.
The leak did not get any worse and the Faith was shepherded into the safety of the Tyne harbour before Tynemouth lifeboat took her under tow towards North Shields.
The skipper of the Faith assisted by lifeboat crew members managed to seal the leak so it was decided it was safe to return the vessel to her moorings at Friar’s Goose Marina, Gateshead.
The anglers were then transferred back on board the her and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat took over the tow upriver.
As Tynemouth lifeboat approached the boathouse the crew noticed a jet ski rider who had fallen off his craft and was attempting to climb back onto it.
The rider was brought on board the lifeboat and found to be exhausted so he and his craft were taken the short distance to South Shields slipway by two lifeboat crew members using the small inflatable Y-class lifeboat carried on board the all weather lifeboat.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboats carried out a textbook response to what could have been a disaster as there could have been six people in the water.
“The volunteer lifeboat crew members followed their training and considerable experience to assist the anglers and ensure a safe outcome for all.
“The jet ski rider in distress was badly exhausted and losing the ability to swim so he also had a lucky escape, thanks to the quick actions of the lifeboat crew.”