Author: Paul Nicholson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station scrambled into action earlier this afternoon (Sunday 26 February) to assist the crew of a 5m speedboat which had suffered engine failure inside Sunderland Harbour.
The rescue mission was launched at 01:07pm when Kristina Jameson, Deputy Launching Authority at Sunderland RNLI spotted the boat drifting with the crew attempting to restart the engine.
After observing the boat for 5 minutes she contacted Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre to notify them of the incident and confirm the launch of the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.
The lifeboat launched five minutes later with four RNLI volunteers onboard and quickly located the stricken vessel close to Sunderland Yacht Club.
Clive Fallon, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘On arrival the crew informed us that they had been suffering intermittent engine problems for the previous 20 minutes and needed assistance to get back to the launch site at the marina.’
After establishing a tow; the crew (three male adults from Darlington) and their boat were taken in tow by the inshore lifeboat and taken back to the slipway at 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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