Stricken angling boat is rescued near lighthouse

A stricken fishing vessel was rescued by lifeboat crew.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 05 May, 2016, 15:56
Cullercoats Lifeboat returning to its station. Picture by Michael Scott/RNLI.

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.

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.”