Lifeboat to the rescue again

Amble RNLI All-weather Lifeboat The Four Boys was launched on Sunday afternoon to go to the aid of a stricken fishing vessel that had no propulsion or steering and was drifting in Druridge Bay with three persons on board.
Amble RNLI All-weather Lifeboat The Four Boys was launched on Sunday afternoon to go to the aid of a stricken fishing vessel that had no propulsion or steering and was drifting in Druridge Bay with three persons on board.

AMBLE RNLI was called out on Sunday afternoon to rescue three people on board a stricken fishing vessel which was drifting in Druridge Bay.

The boat, Pride & Glory, is a 30ft ex-ship’s lifeboat which has been converted to a private fishing/recreational vessel and is based at Amble Boat Club on the River Coquet.

She is operated by a father and son team from the Newcastle area, who also had a friend with them at the time of the incident.

The vessel was in Druridge Bay when she suffered mechanical failure and required assistance so the all-weather lifeboat, The Four Boys, was launched.

Pride & Glory was towed back to the safety of her berth in the River Coquet where she was made fast and awaiting repairs.

It is the second time in 12 months that Pride & Glory has been rescued. Her previous encounter was north of Amble, near Boulmer rocks, where she had a similar mechanical failure and was towed back to the harbour.

John Connell, Amble RNLI coxswain for the rescue, said: “The conditions today made for a simple and straightforward rescue. However, it is not always the case and we would advise anyone in difficulties to contact the authorities before situations develop into something less favourable. We are glad that we could help today.”