Rescue teams were scrambled after a fire broke out onboard a fishing vessel.
The 300-tonne Fraserburgh-based Replenish with six crew had been fishing for prawns 30 miles off the Northumberland coast when the blaze started in the galley yesterday.
An RNLI lifeboat from Amble was called by Humber Coastguard to assist the fishermen, who managed to put the fire out and seal off the galley.
Due to fears the fire might not have been completely extinguished, the lifeboat escorted Replenish part of the way to her temporary base at North Shields and was met six miles off Seaton Sluice by Tynemouth RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.
Firefighters were alerted and the brigade sent four engines to meet the fishing vessel as it was docked on North Shields Fish Quay.
The crews, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the Replenish and confirmed the blaze was out. They then vented the boat of smoke using powerful fans.
The blaze is thought to have started because of an electrical fault.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “There were fears that the fire on board the Replenish might still have been smouldering, or worse.
“The vessel was able to continue under her own power so the lifeboats escorted her to North Shields in case her six crew required evacuation.
“Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service met the fishing vessel and made sure the fire was completely extinguished.”
The six fishermen were met by Supt Peter Dade, of the Fisherman’s Mission, who ensured they were fed and looked after.