At 00.03hr on Saturday 26th March 2016, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a 10m charity rowing vessel with four persons on board, approximately 12.5 miles off Seahouses, east of the Farne Islands. The vessel had radioed the coastguard requesting assistance, as they could no longer make any headway against the tide, and were having trouble with their steering apparatus. Weather conditions had started to deteriate. A passing cargo vessel had also responded and was standing by the vessel, till the lifeboat arrived.
Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat RNLB Grace Darling, under command of Coxswain Mechanic John Hanvey launched at 00.14hr, and was alongside the casualty at 00.50hr. A tow was established, and the vessel was taken to Seahouses and moored up for the night. The occupants were then taken to the Lifeboat Station and given warm drinks. The vessel had come from Amble, and a relative was called to collect the rowers, who thanked the Seahouses Lifeboat Crew for their swift response and assistance.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “These lads were obviously training for a much longer row to raise money for charity, but the strong tidal flow and steering problems defeated them. At least they had the good sense to call for assistance before the situation worsened.”