UPDATE: Seahouses lifeboats aid beached dive boat

Divers are transferred to the lifeboat.
Divers are transferred to the lifeboat.

The actions of a quick-thinking skipper saved his boat when it started taking in water at the Farne Islands today.

Both Seahouses lifeboats were launched following a call that a dive charter boat was taking in water near Longstone Island and the captain had beached the vessel and was asking for help.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat Peter Downes took a salvage pump on board and began emptying the water from the boat.

The party of nine divers were safe and transferred to the all-weather lifeboat Grace Darling, which returned with them to Seahouses.

Once the boat had been emptied, it was checked to find and rectify the cause of the problem.

As the tide rose, it was refloated and escorted back to Seahouses harbour, where it arrived safely with no further leaks.

An RNLI spokesman said: “The charter boat was in no immediate danger and the actions of the skipper had saved the vessel and avoided a more serious incident.

“The vessel was in an area of poor VHF radio coverage.”