May 30


Byline: A yacht was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Thursday evening after the vessel's engine failed, leaving it and her six crew in difficulty 8 miles south east of the Tyne piers.
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The skipper of the 12m Baxkiste called for assistance as they were passing the north east coast during a race from the German island of Heligoland to Edinburgh.

Humber Coastguard requested Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat to launch at 8.16pm which reached the Baxkiste 20 minutes later. The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and The Baxkiste sailed without assistance part of the way to the Tyne before her sails were lowered and the lifeboat's tow rope attached. The yacht was then towed to Royal Quays Marina and once safely tied up, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.50pm

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station said: ' Although the Baxkiste could still sail, having an engine as an emergency backup is essential and carrying on without it would have been inadvisable, and it would have been impossible for them to navigate in harbour.

'Although the yachtsmen had arranged for repairs to be carried out at Royal Quays Marina, the RNLI lifeboat was needed to tow the yacht into the harbour and put her alongside a berth.

'The rescue comes just a day after the lifeboat was launched to another German yacht 85 miles out to sea after its emergency distress beacon was activated, however this was found to be a false alarm by an RAF rescue helicopter sent to investigate, and the lifeboat was stood down and returned after travelling 20 miles out to sea.'


For more information: Please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world's first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at, and you can find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI

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