Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Station scrambled into action for the fifteenth time in 2012 early yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27 March) to assist the crew of a fishing boat, after it suffered engine failure 0.5 mile off Sunderland.
The rescue mission was launched shortly after 2:20pm 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 their engine 0.5 mile east of Roker Pier, Sunderland.
Officers immediately contacted Ash Curle, Launching Authority at Sunderland RNLI to request the launch of their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Wolseley.
The lifeboat launched ten minutes later with four RNLI volunteers onboard under the command of Helmsman Clive Fallon.
Clive Fallon, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘After clearing the piers, we quickly located the stricken vessel. The crew informed us that their engine had seized following an oil leak which meant they were unable to get back to shore without our assistance.’
After establishing a tow; the crew (two male adults from Stanley, County Durham) 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).
As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.