Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Station scrambled into action for the seventy second occasion in 2012 early this afternoon (Wednesday 29 August) to assist two fishermen, after their boat suffered engine failure off Souter Point, South Tyneside.
The rescue mission was launched shortly after 04:10pm when Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre received an emergency 999 telephone call from the crew stating that their vessel was drifting after losing power half a mile east of Souter Point.
Officers immediately contacted Gerry McGill, Launching Authority at Sunderland RNLI to request the launch of their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Wolseley.
The lifeboat launched ten minutes later with four volunteers onboard under the command of Helmsman Anthony Jobling.
The vessel and its crew (male adults from Hendon, Sunderland) were located before being taken in tow by the inshore lifeboat and taken back to its own moorings at Sunderland Fish Quay.
On completion of the emergency call the skipper of the vessel showed his appreciation to the RNLI volunteers for their help by handing over a fresh lobster from his catch to each of them.
Anthony Jobling, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘All of the volunteers really appreciated the nice touch by the crew of giving each of our volunteer crew a fresh lobster from his days catch’.
As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.