A FISHING boat based on Tyneside has been returned to port in a 10-hour rescue mission after being stranded 60 miles out to sea.
The skipper of the North Shields-based Sanrene called Humber Coastguard for help at 8.30pm yesterday after his vessel’s nets became wrapped round its propeller, stopping the engine.
The three-man crew made every attempt to free the nets, but were left with no option but to radio for assistance.
Tynemouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched soon after and sped to meet the Sanrene, which was due east of the Tyne piers.
The stranded 18m, 50-tonne vessel was reached in two hours, and the volunteer lifeboat crew attached a tow rope to it before setting off on the slow 60-mile overnight tow back to North Shields Fish Quay.
The journey took eight and a half hours, and they arrived back at 6.30am today.
Once the Sanrene was safely tied up alongside the quay, the lifeboat refuelled and returned to station.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “This is one of the furthest rescues any Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat has carried out, and is probably the longest tow.
“The fishermen were stranded 60 miles from land and reluctantly called for help after working for several hours to try to free their boat’s propeller.
“The rescue took all night, lasting more than 10 hours, and the volunteer lifeboat crew members were tired and hungry on their return, with some having to go straight to work.
“Thankfully the sea conditions were calm making the tow relatively easy.
“This comes just a day after our lifeboat and volunteer crew towed another fishing vessel to safety in a five-hour, 50-mile round trip.”