Lifeboat tows back stranded fishing boat in ten hour rescue

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat tows the trawler Sanrene into the Tyne at the end of a 60-mile overnight tow lasting over ten  hours. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat tows the trawler Sanrene into the Tyne at the end of a 60-mile overnight tow lasting over ten hours. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

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A fishing boat was towed back to North Shields in an overnight rescue that lasted ten hours.

The North Shields-based ‘Sanrene’, with three crew on board, became stranded 60 miles out to sea and had to be rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat.

This is one of the furthest rescues any Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat has carried out

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat

The skipper had called the Coastguard for help at 8.30pm yesterday (Thursday) after the vessel’s nets had become wrapped round the propeller, stopping the engine.

Crew on board tried to free the nets but were left with no option to radio for assistance.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat reached the stranded 18m, 50 tonne vessel in two hours, with the volunteer lifeboat crew quickly attaching a tow rope to it before setting off on the slow 60-mile overnight tow back to North Shields Fish Quay.

The journey took eight and a half hours, arriving at 6.30am on Friday morning.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “This is one of the furthest rescues any Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat has carried out, and is probably the longest tow.

“The fishermen were stranded 60 miles from land and reluctantly called for help after working for several hours to try to free their boat’s propeller.

“The rescue took all night, lasting over ten hours and the volunteer lifeboat crew members were tired and hungry on their return, with some having to go straight to work.

“Thankfully the sea conditions were calm making the tow relatively easy.

“This service comes just a day after our lifeboat and volunteer crew towed another fishing vessel to safety in a five-hour 50-mile round trip.”