Four people rescued off South Shields pier


Four people were rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat this morning when their boat’s engine failed, leaving them stranded off South Shields.

The skipper of a six metre-long motor boat called for help at 10.05am after his engine failed, leaving the boat drifting in rough seas a few hundred yards south of South Shields pier.

Owing to the sea conditions, Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched to rescue the three adults and one teenager onboard the boat.

The boat was towed back into the Tyne.

One crewmember went onboard the boat as a safety precaution and to deploy a drogue to keep the tow stable.

The teenager was taken off the boat and onto the lifeboat as he was suffering from severe sea sickness.


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