A north Northumberland lifeboat crew was called out for the first time this year to help a stricken fishing boat.
On Monday, the Amble lifeboat was launched around 10.15am following reports of local fishing vessel, Fair Harvest, experiencing engine trouble.
The coble was about eight miles east of Amble Harbour and the two-man crew said they were unable to make the necessary repairs at sea. The all-weather lifeboat, The Four Boys, went out and the boat was towed back to the harbour.
In 2017, its current all-weather Mersey-class vessel, The Four Boys, will be nearing the end of her operational life and is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a £2million Shannon.
Amble will be one of the first of the charity’s lifeboat stations in the north of England to receive this class of lifeboat.