Lifeboat crew called to rescue 110 miles off coast

Tynemouth RNLI Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland.  Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI
Tynemouth RNLI Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

A lifeboat crew is currently dealing with a rescue more than 100 miles off the north east coast.

Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was called out at 9.30am today (Tuesday) after a fishing boat started taking in water 110 miles off the coast.

This is the furthest out the lifeboat has ever been

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI

The boat, believed to be on its way back to Sunderland from Denmark, raised the alarm during the night after the skipper – the only person on board – noticed it was taking on water.

A Coastguard helicopter was deployed and able to get a pump on board the boat, returning to its Humberside base this morning.

Tynemouth Lifeboat was then called out to the scene to complete the rescue and tow the boat back to North Shields.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: “This is the furthest out the lifeboat has ever been.

“Previously the furthest it had gone out was 80 miles.

“As it is so far out, we don’t have radio contact with them but expect them to tow the fishing vessel back now that the pump is taking water off.”