Tynemouth RNLI were part of a major rescue effort when a trawler started to sink near to Tynemouth on Tuesday.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats at 06:36 after the Port of Tyne Vessel Traffic Services reported that the fishing vessel Grenaa Star had collided with the south Tyne pier.
The 18m, 46tonne vessel had begun taking in water and was in need of immediate help.
The skipper had managed to get close to Little Haven beach, South Shields, where it became grounded.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat arrived at the scene just a minute after launching and two crew members took a salvage pump onto the sinking boat and began to pump her out, and a second pump was placed on board shortly afterwards by the crew of the inshore lifeboat.
The vessel’s skipper suffered a head injury and was taken off his vessel by a Police boat and then to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment.
The two remaining crew members then shut down the fuel supply to prevent pollution.
RNLI crew members then fastened the vessel’s anchor to the beach to prevent any chance of her drifting from the beach, and transferred the two fishermen onto the all weather lifeboat which took them to safety at North Shields Fish Quay three hours from the start of the rescue.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: “The Grenaa Star had suffered major damage to her bow after colliding with the pier and was quickly taking on water.
“Her skipper had sustained a cut to his head.
“We don’t know what caused the collision at this time but thankfully there were no serious injuries.”