Seahouses lifeboat crews were called out today to rescue a number of divers off the Farne Islands, in Northumberland.
The crews received the call from Humber Coastguard at 11.22am, after a Mayday shout from two dive RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), which had broken down. Their exact position was difficult to establish, due to poor radio reception.
A local passenger vessel, St Cuthbert 3, had also received the distress call and had responded and located the vessels and had towed them to a safer location near to Brownsman Island, pending arrival of the lifeboats on scene.
The inshore lifeboat was first to reach the divers and established that no one was in any immediate danger.
The all-weather relief lifeboat arrived soon afterwards and most of the divers were transferred on board. The two disabled RIBs were then taken in tow back to the launching site at Beadnell, where all persons were landed safely. Both lifeboats returned to station, arriving back at 2pm.