Sunderland Coastguard rescues stranded boat off the coast at Whitburn

Teams from Sunderland Coastguard and the RNLI were called to a report of a vessel in distress off the coast of Whitburn.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 8:15 am

The incident happened on Thursday, August 6 at around 10.10am when coastguard rescue officers located a pleasure boat from onshore with another boat standing by it.

Rescue teams soon established that the vessel had broken down off the coast of Whitburn and that a partial mayday distress message had been transmitted.

Teams from the Sunderland Coastguard alongside the Sunderland RNLI Atlantic lifeboat, launched from Roker, towed the stricken pleasure boat back to safety at Sunderland Marina.

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The coastguard reported that further advice was given to the skipper before reminding all boat owners to ensure that vessels are mechanically sound and that all radio equipment is working before setting off to sea to prevent further problems.

A statement posted on the Sunderland Coastguard Facebook page said: “Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and Sunderland RNLI Atlantic lifeboat were called to a report of an unknown vessel in distress off Whitburn.

"Coastguard Rescue Officers located a pleasure boat from onshore with another boat standing by. It was established that the pleasure boat had broken down with the skipper having transmitted a partial mayday distress message.

"All boat owners should ensure that vessels are mechanically sound before setting out to sea and that radio equipment is operating correctly."

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