Author: Paul Nicholson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Station scrambled into action for the sixth time in 2012 early this afternoon to assist the crew of a motor cruiser, after it suffered engine 1 mile off Sunderland.
The rescue mission was launched shortly after 3:30pm when Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre received an emergency 999 telephone call from the crew stating that their vessel was drifting after losing power to both engines 1 mile south-east of Roker Pier, Sunderland.
Officers immediately contacted Martin Andrew, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sunderland RNLI to request the launch of their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Wolseley, as well as deploying their own Coastguard Rescue Team from Sunderland.
At the same time Coastguards contacted Sunderland Coast-watch to ask their observers to confirm the location of the vessel, and keep it under observation until the lifeboat arrived.
The lifeboat launched seven minutes later with four RNLI volunteers onboard and quickly located the stricken vessel.
Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘After clearing the piers, we quickly located the stricken cruiser. The crew informed us that they were suffering from airlocks in their fuel system which meant they were unable to get back to shore without our assistance. To assist with the setting up of the towline, we then transferred one of our volunteers from the lifeboat to the cruiser.’
After establishing a tow; the crew (one male adult, plus two children from Seaburn, Sunderland) and their boat were taken in tow by the inshore lifeboat and taken back to moorings within Sunderland Marina.
The RNLI offers a completely free, friendly and confidential advice service that looks at safety aspects involved with your boat. SEA Check is neither a test nor an inspection and there is no pass or fail. Conducted by one of our highly trained volunteers, SEA Check is a personal face-to-face safety advice service that takes place on board your own craft.
Anyone interested in arranging a Sea Check can do so by contacting Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station or by telephoning 0800 328 0600 (Free phone).
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