Tyne & Wear

Lifeboat crew rescue dinghy men off Tynemouth

Tynemouth all weather lifeboat tows Three Sisters and nine anglers to safety
Image caption Tynemouth lifeboat towed the nine anglers to safety

Three men were rescued off the coast of Tynemouth after going out in their dinghy.

Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on Sunday evening after a member of the public saw the men in difficulty near to the pier.

The local men in their early 20s were towed back in their boat to safety.

Crewmember Jill McCormick said the men, who had gone out to have a drink, found they were unable to row back because of the strength of the tide.

She said: "Thankfully their difficulty was noticed by a member of the public otherwise they could easily have been dragged out to sea by the tide."

Earlier in the day the lifeboat crew had rescued nine anglers from the boat, Three Sisters, after its engine failed.

Tynemouth RNLI crew found the boat at a popular fishing location, the "mine buoy" off Whitley Bay - 2.5 miles north of the Tyne piers.

The boat and crew were towed back to safety and were said to be unhurt.

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