Lifeboat tows stricken boat

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A DRIFTING fishing vessel was towed to safety in a rescue by the Amble RNLI crew.

The crew’s all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys was launched following a report that a stricken vessel was drifting in Druridge Bay with three people on board.

The Pride and Glory, a 30ft ex-ship’s lifeboat, had been converted to a private fishing and recreational vessel, operated by a father and son from the Newcastle area.

They were out fishing with a friend on Sunday, April 3, when the boat suffered mechanical failure, with no propulsion or steering.

The lifeboat was launched at 2.25pm and RNLI Coxswain John Connell ordered a tow to be rigged and the vessel was taken back to the safety of her berth at Amble Boat Club on the River Coquet.

Mr Connell said: “The conditions made for a simple and straight-forward rescue. However, it is not always the case and we would advise anyone in difficulties to contact the authorities before situations develop into something less favourable. We are glad that we could help.”

It was the second time in 12 months that Pride and Glory has had to be rescued. Her previous encounter was north of Amble when there was a similar failure and she was towed back to harbour.