NEWBIGGIN lifeboat was called out just after 6am Saturday following reports of three men who had woken up on a drifting boat.
The trio had made a call for help at first light after waking up to discover their plight and not aware how they had got there.
They made a call to Humber coastguard which in turn led to the deployment of Newbiggin lifeboat and coastguard.
Newbiggin Atlantic 75 class lifeboat CSMA 75th Anniversary was quickly launched with three volunteer crew on board.
They went to the aid of the 20-foot vessel, which was about 400m off the beach at Cambois.
After determining that no urgent medical assistance was required, a tow was put onto the boat for a safe passage to the shore.
The three, reported as from the Sunderland area, had climbed onto the boat for a rest and after falling asleep the tide came in and the sea took the boat offshore.
They had woken up surprised at where they were.
Paul Davison from Newbiggin lifeboat said: “This was an unusual call out but they had the presence of mind to remain on board the vessel and await rescue by the lifeboat.”