Tynemouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat and Cullercoats inshore lifeboats sped to the rescue of six anglers yesterday as their 8M boat Faith began taking on water

The lifeboats launched at 3.30pm, with Tynemouth RNLI reaching Faith first and quickly evacuating the anglers. Tynemouth then put three crew aboard Faith with a salvage pump.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “The leak didn’t get any worse and the Faith was shepherded into the safety of the Tyne harbour before Tynemouth lifeboat took her under tow towards North Shields.

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“Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboats carried out a textbook response to what could have been a disaster as there could have been six people in the water.”

RNLI crew helped Faith‘s skipper patch the leak and it was taken back to its moorings at Friar’s Goose Marina, Gateshead.

On it neared its boathouse, the Tynemouth lifeboat crew noticed a jet ski rider in the water attempting to climb back onto it. “The jet ski rider in distress was badly exhausted and losing the ability to swim so he also had a lucky escape, thanks to the quick actions of the lifeboat crew,” Don said.