RNLI in Wear rescue

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LIFEBOAT volunteers were scrambled after a boat broke down on the River Wear.

Sunderland RNLI came to the rescue of the two-man vessel after it had a mechanical failure on the river close to the Stadium of Light.

Coastguard officers received an emergency telephone call from a member of the public concerned about the safety of the small boat, which had been seen drifting in the river for more than 30 minutes, at about 4.45pm yesterday.

The RNLI launched its D Class inshore lifeboat while the Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade assembled a shore-based rescue team.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “We were asked to travel up river and check with the crew on board the reported motor boat that everything was in order and to see if they needed any assistance.”

On arrival, the crew, from Houghton, confirmed that their boat’s engine had failed and they needed help to get the vessel back to Sunderland Marina.

Paul said: “We would like to thank the member of public who dialled 999 to report his concerns about this vessel to the coastguard.

“The two men onboard the boat were surprised, but pleased to see us when were arrived to assist them.”