The 18 meter long, 46 ton fishing vessel Grenaa Star allided with the south pier at Tyne, England. The vessel’s bow had significant damage resulting in water ingress. The crew alerted the Humber Coastguard that the fishing vessel was quickly flooding and was in danger of sinking. The master of the Grenaa Star also sustained a head injury and needed assistance.
The Tynemouth RNLI dispatched two lifeboats to the scene. The local police boat and the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team also arrived on site to aid in the rescue operation. The Grenaa Star was able to go aground close to shore while the RNLI lifeboat provided pumps to dewater the vessel. The master of the vessel was taken to hospital for treatment. The remaining crew on the Grenaa Star was able to cut off the fuel supply to prevent any pollution being released. The RNLI secured the vessel’s anchor to the beach to keep the vessel ashore as the vessel was so badly damage it would not be able to be refloated on the following high tide.