Page last updated at 14:51 GMT, Sunday, 28 June 2009 15:51 UK

Boat rescued from 'rocks danger'

Rescue pic from Redcar RNLI
Only one person on the boat was wearing a life jacket

A boat with five people on board was towed to safety on Teesside after breaking down in misty conditions during its maiden voyage.

When RNLI crews arrived they found two of the vessel's occupants had jumped overboard to try to push it away from rocks off the Redcar coast.

A fishing boat had also attached a line to the craft to keep it steady.

The craft, which was not equipped with emergency flares or a radio, was towed to the town's lifeboat station.

Only one of the people on board was wearing a life jacket, according to the rescuers.

Dave Cocks of Redcar RNLI said: "Visibility has been very poor over the last 24 hours, and it was only because of the vigilance of the lookout at Coastwatch that the alarm was raised.

No injuries

"The crew of the fishing boat also did a good job by reacting quickly and attaching a line to the broken down craft before it drifted onto the rocks."

His colleague Tony Jamieson said any boat going to sea should carry basic life-saving equipment.

"Everyone on board a boat should wear lifejackets which are in good working order. And before any boat is taken to sea the engine should be thoroughly overhauled."

No-one was injured during the incident on Saturday afternoon.

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