Date: Wednesday 15th April 2009
Wind: E 3-4
Visibility: Poor (less than 0.5 mile)
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 0610hrs
Time of return: 0730hrs
Boats launched: ALB and ILB
Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after the local fishing vessel ‘TRUE VINE’ issued a Mayday call after suffering a suspected engine room fire. Positioned 2.5 miles North of Coquet Island both boats were quickly on scene and it was established there had been severe over heating, causing smoke but no actual fire. A crew man from the ILB and one from the ALB was put aboard the fishing vessel to assist the single handed skipper. When everything was made safe, a tow was established and the ALB towed the fishing vessel back to Amble with the ILB escorting both boats.