RNLI rescues a boat with steering trouble

Towing into Cullercoats

Towing into Cullercoats

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A catamaran suffering from steering problems off the Whitley Bay coast was rescued on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, RNLI Cullercoats received a request to launch from the Humber Coastguard to assist a catamaran about half a mile south of St Mary’s Island.

The volunteer crew found a ten metre catamaran, named Amadeus, had loose rope tangled within the propellers, which was making the boat move in circles and beginning to drift nearer to the rocks because of the inability to steer.

The Amadeus was towed back to Cullercoats Harbourm where the rope was untangle d from the propellers and steering mechanism.

The catamaran was then able to make its own way back to the River Tyne and the marina in North Shields.

Leading helmsman Peter Clark said: ‘When we arrived at the scene we found that the catamaran was drifting towards the rocks.

“With the owner of the ‘Amadeus’ unable to steer the boat it could have been a different type of rescue if we had not got there when we did.

“We quickly secured a tow rope and manoeuvred the catamaran initially to safer waters and then back to Cullercoats.”