TWO fishermen had to be rescued from the Wear after a boat capsized.
The pair were among five men who were securing their fishing boat to moorings at the west end of Corporation quay when they got into trouble yesterday afternoon.
Three of the group were using a small rowing boat to return to the river bank when it capsized.
Two of them managed to get back to the larger boat, but with the third struggling in the water, his father jumped in to try to save him.
The alarm was raised by members of the public fishing on the opposite bank, who managed to attract the attention of fishing boat Sarah Jean.
The crew made their way to pick up the two men and alerted the Coastguard by radio, who requested the launch of Sunderland RNLI’s inshore lifeboat.
The Sarah Jean recovered the father and son from the river while the remaining three members of the party were picked up by the Sunderland Harbour Patrol boat.
The RNLI transferred a medic on to each of the boats and all craft returned to Sunderland marina.
Two of the men were taken to hospital suffering from sickness after ingesting saltwater and showing the early signs of hypothermia.
RNLI volunteer Sam Clow said: “We must express how in this situation the spirit and efforts of all involved were important in saving the lives of those in need.”