Boat rescued after suffering engine failure

Newbiggin Lifeboat.
Newbiggin Lifeboat.

Volunteers Newbiggin Lifeboat Station had a busy start to the month with a number of call outs.

The team said the recent fine weather had seen an increase in recreational sea users to the area.

The lifeboat was called out on Tuesday, June 4, after concerns were raised about kayakers off Cresswell.

But when the crew arrived to check on the safety of the kayakers, they found the pair were in no danger and the lifeboat returned to its base.

The next day, the lifeboat was called out after a fishing boat with eight people on board suffered engine failure a mile off the wind turbines at Blyth and contacted the Coastguard for help.

As darkness fell, Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon was called out.

It towed the 26ft wooden casualty vessel May Star and the angling group on board back to Blyth harbour.

Richard Martin, of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station, said: “Our volunteers were quickly on scene to take the vessel back to the safety of Blyth.

“We have had a busy time over the last few weeks after fine weather conditions brought many to enjoy some time at sea.”