A multi-agency operation was launched yesterday (Friday) to rescue a stranded fishing boat off the North Tyneside coast.
At 8:09am, Humber Coastguard requested Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat crew to launch after reports that the vessel, with one crew member on board, had run aground at Sharpness Point.
The lifeboat launched at 08:17am and was quickly on scene. With Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) standing by, two crew members from Cullercoats took the lifeboat's salvage pump ashore and checked the wellbeing of the casualty. Blyth Coastguard were also paged to assist.
The casualty was walked safely off the rocks by Blyth Coastguard and TVLB and it was decided to secure the vessel and return at high tide to attempt to refloat it.
At 1pm, Cullercoats Lifeboat crew returned to the scene and tried to pump the water out of the boat with their salvage pump, with the help of Blyth Coastguard and TVLB. However, the small salvage pump carried by the inshore lifeboat was not powerful enough to empty the boat and it sank.
Tynemouth RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat was then called out to bring their larger and more powerful salvage pump. In the meantime, the Cullercoats volunteer crew managed to tow the submerged vessel and beach it safely onto King Edward's Bay.
When the Tynemouth lifeboat arrived, the salvage pump was passed on to the Cullercoats lifeboat along with a crew member. The pumping was successful and the fishing boat was towed by Cullercoats lifeboat to North Shields Fish Quay.