Amble RNLI rescues man lost at sea

The stricken yacht.
The stricken yacht.

Amble RNLI crew had to battle gale-force winds and large sea swell to rescue a man aboard a yacht, who was struggling in adverse weather conditions.

The UK Coastguard received a call from Northumbria Police about a 999 call from a man reporting to be lost at sea.

He was calling from a 24ft boat, reporting his position somewhere to the north of Amble. He said he had lost power and radio communications, had narrowly missed some rocks and reported to be heading into a storm.

The Coastguard spent lots of time talking to the man on his mobile telephone and was eventually able to pinpoint his exact position by using Merchant vessels along with Amble and Howick Coastguard Rescue Teams.

UK Coastguard then requested the launch of Amble RNLI all-weather lifeboat, which went to the man’s aid and towed him and the yacht back to Amble harbour.