LIFEBOAT volunteers were called out to help a stranded fishing boat.
The crew was alerted at about 2.20pm yesterday after the vessel reported engine failure near Roker Pier, Sunderland.
They were contacted by Coastguard officers, who received an emergency 999 telephone call from the boat.
Clive Fallon, helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: “After clearing the piers, we quickly located the stricken vessel.
“The crew informed us that their engine had seized following an oil leak, which meant they were unable to get back to shore without our assistance.”
After establishing a tow, the boat and its crew, two men from Stanley, were taken to Sunderland Marina.
The RNLI urges boat owners to use their free and confidential SEA Check service.