Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fishing Boat Saved by RNLI ( on River

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fishing Boat Saved by RNLI ( on River

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Byline: By Murray Kelso

The skipper of a fishing vessel rescued by lifeboat crews has offered his thanks for being brought safely back to dry land.

Grant Nadolski was with his cousin David Baird and Staffordshire bull terrier Londi when his 22ft boat, the Abbie Rose, broke down under Scotswood Bridge.

Being 12 miles away from the Tynemouth RNLI launch site on the coast, the three had to take their chances floating wherever the powerful currents took them while crews were scrambled and the inshore lifeboat launched.

In Thursday's operation, similar to a recent record 14-mile journey up river to Newburn, the crew found the boat dead in the water and set about getting the men from Dunston, Gateshead ( and Londi ( to safety.

RNLI volunteer helmsman Ian Black said: "We got to the drifting boat as soon as possible, got it under tow and took it back to safety at Lemington. The occupants were in some danger as they couldn't get to the river banks and the current was flowing fast. …

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