At 14:51hr on Thursday 7th September 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist an orange 15mtr RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with three persons on board, broken down and drifting near the Inner Farne Island. The craft was in no immediate danger.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from Seahouses, and the disabled boat was quickly located and taken in tow to Seahouses, where it was landed safely. The three crew were met by local Coastguard Officers. No further assistance was required and the crew were fit and well. Visibility was fair, with drizzly rain and a fairly calm sea at the time of the incident. The boat had been launched from Beadnell, and the owners were making arrangements to recover it at Seahouses. Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 16:00hr that day.