LIFEBOAT volunteers rescued a sinking 30ft catamaran in a three-hour rescue mission.
The crews from Sunderland’s RNLI station were scrambled at 3.15pm yesterday after the 30ft vessel became holed on rocks and was struggling to bail-out water.
The station launched both its inshore lifeboats and a Coastguard rescue team were deployed to moorings on the Wear at Deptford.
Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “When our first lifeboat arrived they discovered that the skippers own pump was struggling to stabilise the water level.
“We immediately prepared our own pump to help reduce the water level.”
Once the water level was reduced and stabilised, the catamaran was towed to Corporation Quay where the Port of Sunderland had agreed to lift-out the vessel.
Mr Nicholson said: “Both the RNLI and the owner were extremely grateful to the staff at Sunderland Port for offering their assistance to help a fellow mariner in distress.
“The fact that they were able to use their industrial crane to lift it clear of the water and onto the quayside made the whole operation a lot easier to bring to a successful conclusion.”