A stricken fishing vessel was rescued by lifeboat crew.
The angling vessel, named ‘Summer Wind’, had three people on board when it became stranded over a mile out from St Mary’s Lifeboat.
Cullercoats Lifeboat, the ‘Hylton Burdon’, was launched just after 11.20am today (Thursday) and quickly on the scene.
One of the four volunteer crew identified from one of the casualties that the vessel had a fouled propeller as it became entangled with some rope already in the water and concerns were raised the boat may start to take on water.
With their pump ready, the lifeboat secured a rope to the angling boat and towed it back to the river Tyne.
Just under an hour later the angling vessel was safely returned to Royal Quays in North Shields where the crew oversaw it being secured to a mooring.
Scott Jones, helmsman at Cullercoats Lifeboat, said: “It was good to see that the crew of the angling boat followed correct procedures and it was just unfortunate that they snagged on some rope in the water.
“With the chance of water being taken on board it was imperative we got there quickly.”