THREE men were rescued by lifeboat crews after their boat suffered mechanical failure and drifted onto rocks at South Shields Pier.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats from Tynemouth and Cullercoats were called to the aid of the five-metre cabin cruiser just before 10am this morning.
Cullercoats lifeboat reached the boat first and immediately towed it to safer water, away from the rocks.
Tynemouth’s inshore lifeboat then arrived and went alongside the boat to keep it stable during the tow to the nearby South Shields slipway, where Cullercoats lifeboat transferred the tow to the Tynemouth boat to get the vessel close enough to shore, where it could be recovered onto a trailer.
Once the boat and its occupants were safe, the lifeboat returned to station.
It is believed the boat owner is from County Durham and had only just bought the vessel, and was on its maiden voyage.