Sunderland RNLI called out after 32-foot vessel drifts dangerously close to Seaham Harbour Marina pier

RNLI volunteers were tasked to assist a 32-foot motor vessel which suffered steering failure and started to drift dangerous close to the pier outside Seaham Harbour Marina.

Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 10:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 10:32 pm

Crews from Sunderland RNLI launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat after the UK Coastguard received a distress call from the stricken vessel shortly after 6pm on Wednesday, September 8.

Two of her crew were also suffering with sea sickness due to the one-metre swell outside of Seaham however no one on board required any medical treatment.

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RNLI volunteers were called out after the stricken vessel drifted dangerously close to the pier.

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Upon arrival, one of the RNLI volunteers boarded the casualty vessel and assisted with fixing a temporary steering repair.

Under escort from the lifeboat, the vessel was able to get into Seaham Harbour where RNLI volunteers stood down and returned to Roker Lifeboat Station.

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