Broken down boat helped by Cullercoats lifeboat

A broken down pleasure boat has been towed to safety by Cullercoats lifeboat.

Saturday, 13th May 2017, 7:58 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 8:34 am
Crew from Cullercoats Lifeboat

Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from the vessel shortly before 8am on Saturday.

Cullercoats Lifeboat was tasked to come to the assistance of the 28ft pleasure boat which had encountered mechanical failure half a mile off the Whitley Bay coastline.

With the vessel drifting in fairly choppy waters it was imperative that it was secured and ready for towing at the earliest opportunity.

Within 10 minutes of launching the four volunteer crew aboard located the pleasure craft and quickly secured a stable tow rope providing steadiness so as to stop further drifting.

Once made safe and ensuring that the crew were unharmed the pleasure boat was placed undertow heading north toward the river Tyne and its mooring where repairs could be assessed.

Frank Taylor, operations manager Cullercoats Lifeboa, said: “The crew of the stricken vessel followed the correct procedure in contacting the Coastguard immediately they realised there was a problem. This allowed the volunteer lifeboat crew to act in time before the casualties drifted into any potential danger.”