Stricken Angling Boat Rescued by Cullercoats Lifeboat
Following a call to Humber Coastguard, Cullercoats Lifeboat was launched on Thursday 5 May at 11.23am. Information received was that an angling vessel was stranded mile and a half out from St Mary's Island.
Within 10 minutes from launch, the lifeboat Hylton Burdon located the angling boat named Summer Wind with three persons on board. 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.
There was a possibility that the boat may start to take on water.
Consequently, the lifeboat had their pump ready for operation if need be. A secure rope was then attached to the angling boat and a tow back to the river Tyne was undertaken.
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. The lifeboat then returned to the station at 1pm ready for service.
Scott Jones, Helmsman 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.'
Photo: Courtesy Michael Scott RNLI Cullercoats
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