Speedboat pair saved after drifting off Sunderland coast

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A SPEEDBOAT with two people on board was saved from crashing onto rocks by lifeboat volunteers.

The pair - a middle-aged man and a teenage girl from Horden - were plucked to safety by Sunderland RNLI crews on Saturday morning.

A rescue bid was launched when they broke down close to Sunderland’s South Pier at about 11.30am.

Without an anchor, the craft began to drift dangerously close to rocks.

Sunderland RNLI crews were dispatched after the man, believed to in his 40s, called 999 from his mobile.

Lifeboat Atlantic 85 managed to get a tow line to the pair, who had travelled up from Seaham Harbour, dragging to safety.

Senior helmsman Paul Nicholson said: “This highlights the importance of carrying the correct safety equipment. In this case, an anchor would have prevented them drifting towards the rocks, which would have made the situation far worse.”

Neither of the pair needed medical treatment after their ordeal, which lasted for about an hour.

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