* Author: Paul Nicholson
Sunderland RNLI rescues fisherman after boat suffers engine failure
Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Station scrambled into action for the seventieth time in 2012 early this evening (Saturday 25 August) to assist the solo fisherman, after his boat suffered engine failure next to Corporation Quay.
The initial rescue mission was launched shortly after 7:05pm when Coastguard Officers based at Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre received an emergency VHF radio message from the solo crew stating that his vessel was drifting after losing power 200m outside of Sunderland harbour.
Officers immediately contacted Gerry McGill, Launching Authority at Sunderland RNLI to request the launch of their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Wolseley.
Prior to the launch of the lifeboat; the fisherman notified the Coastguard that he had been able to restart his engine and no longer required assistance.
The launch of the lifeboat was cancelled and the lifeboat volunteers were released to return to their normal daily lives.
Thirty minutes later as the vessel was being watched back to his moorings by Officers from Sunderland Coastguard; it suffered further engine problems and was now drifting up against Corporation Quay.
A request was then made for the RNLI volunteers to re-assemble and launch their inshore lifeboat.
The lifeboat launched five minutes later with three volunteers onboard under the command of Helmsman Clive Fallon.
The vessel and its crew (male adult from Ashbrooke, Sunderland) were quickly taken in tow by the inshore lifeboat and taken back to its own moorings at Sunderland Fish Quay.
Clive Fallon, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘When we received the information from Sunderland Coastguard our immediate concern was that the vessel could become damaged or trapped beneath Corporation Quay’.
Thankfully we were able to respond quickly and attach a line to pull the vessel clear of the quayside before it came to any harm.’
As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.