RNLI crew come to aid fire-hit trawler

Amble lifeboat volunteers were called out to assist a fire-damaged trawler on Sunday.

Just after 4pm, the all-weather lifeboatThe Four Boys was launched to help the Banff-registered fishing vessel Replenish, 28 miles north-east of Amble Harbour.

There had been a fire on board the 300-ton boat, which had a crew of six.

The blaze had been dealt with, but the lifeboat was requested to escort the crew to the Tyne as a precaution, in case the fire reignited.

The Amble lifeboat escorted Replenish to within eight miles of the Tyne, where Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat took over.

○ RNLI crews in the north of England rescued more than 1,000 people last year, figures have shown.

The long, hot summer meant it was one of the busiest ever for the charity, with 58 per cent (598) of the year’s rescues occurring in June, July and August.