Blyth inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to the assistance of a 22ft fishing boat which had suffered a mechanical failure in its gearbox approximately quarter of a mile east of St Marys Island, Whitley Bay.

The volunteer lifeboat crew quickly launched the stations D Class inshore lifeboat, made contact with the casualty via VHF radio and proceeded south towards St Marys. The fishing boat with one person on-board was quickly located, a tow was rigged and the they proceeded back to a mooring at Blyth Boating Association.

The tow took just over one hour and once it was ensured that the boat and its owner were back safely moored up the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready again for the next service call.