Boat left on its side after capsizing in the River Wear

The boat on its side in the River Wear.
The boat on its side in the River Wear.

A boat has capsized in the River Wear, despite efforts from the emergency services to save the vessel.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were first called to the area of the Shipwrights pub, under the Hylton Bridge on Thursday afternoon after reports the boat was adrift.

A shot of the boat taken by an Echo reader.

A shot of the boat taken by an Echo reader.

They managed to locate it close to the north banks at Nab End after it had beached, but with the arrival of high tide, it refloated and then drifted to the south side at Ofteron Heugh.

A spokesman for the team said: "With the harbour masters workboat - HMLWear - in attendance an attempt was made to secure the vessel to the bank on the south side.

"With the vessel still in a precarious position Sunderland Lifeboat were requested to attend.

"With their Atlantic in attendance further attempts were made to position the vessel in a suitable place.

The boat has come to rest near to Ofterton. Photograph taken by an Echo reader.

The boat has come to rest near to Ofterton. Photograph taken by an Echo reader.

"This proved difficult as the vessel had rested on rocks/sand below.

"The vessel was then secured fore and aft and the owner informed."

But it has now been confirmed the boat has capsized after it keeled over and came to rest on its port side near to the heugh.

The team has said the owner has been informed.

A shot of the boat taken by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team when it was first called to assist the boat.

A shot of the boat taken by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team when it was first called to assist the boat.

A photo by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team showing where the boat had been situated when they were first called out on Thursday.

A photo by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team showing where the boat had been situated when they were first called out on Thursday.

The boat when it was adrift on Thursday, as photographed by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team.

The boat when it was adrift on Thursday, as photographed by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team.