A STRICKEN fishing vessel was towed to safety after a call to lifeboat crews.
Volunteers from Amble RNLI were paged by HM Coastguard at 8.52am on Thursday over reports that the 29ft day-fisher Wasp was in danger near Druridge Bay.
The boat, with three people on board, had suffered mechanical failure and was at risk of being pushed towards the rocks.
The all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys was launched and found Wasp about 2.5 miles east of Hadston Carrs.
Her skipper was suffering from sea sickness and was transferred to the lifeboat for treatment.
The Wasp was towed safely into Amble Marina, where she was tied up for repairs.
An RNLI crew from Newbiggin had also been called to the rescue as a precaution, but returned to station after establishing that the situation was under control.
Amble RNLI Coxswain Paul Allen said: “The skipper did the correct thing in summoning assistance as he was left without propulsion or steering and sea currents would have eventually pushed him towards the rocks.
“Our volunteer crew members were able to assist in this operation thanks to the ongoing generosity of the public in donating funds and enabling the RNLI to carry out our stated duty of saving lives at sea.”