Sandbank grounds Dutch ship

Both of Amble's RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch last night by HM Coastguard after the 100 year old Dutch Clipper De Tukker miscalculated the tide and grounded at the harbour entrance.
Both of Amble's RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch last night by HM Coastguard after the 100 year old Dutch Clipper De Tukker miscalculated the tide and grounded at the harbour entrance.

AMBLE lifeboats were called out to free a 100-year-old ship after it became stranded on sandbanks at the town’s harbour entrance.

The incident happened on Sunday, after the 40-metre Dutch clipper De Tukker miscalculated the tide.

Both the all-weather lifeboat, The Four Boys, and the inshore lifeboat, Mildred Holcroft, were sent to the scene just after 7pm.

An RNLI spokesman said: “She had tried to enter the harbour at low tide and immediately came to rest on the sandbank at the harbour entrance.

“Due to the considerable size of the vessel, which created a significant obstacle, and the rising south east wind which would create a swell, it was decided to tow De Tukker off the sandbank and out to deeper and safer water until the tide had risen and she could re-enter the harbour safely.”