Six anglers had a lucky escape after their boat started taking in water half-a-mile out to sea.
Tynemouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI’s inshore lifeboat were called out at 3.30pm last Thursday after the skipper of the 8m angling boat Faith made a distress call off the coastline at South Shields.
Tynemouth RNLI 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.
The skipper of the Faith 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, and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat took over the tow.