Tyne & Wear

Lifeboat rescue for vessel grounded off Coquet Island

Shokwave being towed to safety
Image caption Shokwave was towed into Amble harbour

A sight-seeing boat had to be towed to safety after in ran aground on rocks off the Northumberland coast.

Both of Amble's RNLI lifeboats were launched after a distress call from local vessel Shokwave on Wednesday.

The boat had been carrying out one of its regular seabird and marine life tours around Coquet Island with 10 people, including children, on board.

It was unable to move or steer, so a line was attached and it was towed by lifeboat into Amble harbour.

The RNLI said it was two years to the day that a similar incident took place with Shokwave in the same location.

Coxswain David Bell added: "Obviously with passengers and in particular, children on board, it was important that this rescue was carried out swiftly and efficiently without causing any further alarm to those concerned.

"I'm happy to say that thanks to our volunteer crew training that is funded by the generosity of the public, this was accomplished successfully".

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