A fishing boat and its crew has been rescued from the sea near Hartlepool.
The stricken vessel, with four people on board, suffered fuel problems near to Salt Scat Buoy off the Redcar coast.
The alarm was raised at just after 5am , today.
Hartlepool RNLI along with Redcar RNLI were called out to help the 28 foot long fishing boat.
Assistant Coxwain Clare Gibbon of Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew said: “When we arrived on scene we were told the fishing boat had suffered problems with its fuel. The towline was quickly moved from Redcar RNLI’s inshore lifeboat to Hartlepool RNLI’s all weather lifeboat and we had the stricken vessel under tow at 5.54pm.”
The fishing boat was towed nine miles back to the safety of Kafiga Landings at Hartlepool Fish Quay arriving at 7.20pm.
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Craddy said: “It is important that anyone going to sea has their vessel and equipment checked and maintained regularly. Our volunteer crew members train regularly to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to help save lives at sea.”