Four men had to be rescued after sailing their rigid inflatable boat at full speed over rocks near West Scar, Redcar
, this evening (June 5).
The crew were on their maiden voyage and the impact ripped off the gearbox and propeller.
They used a mobile phone to call the coastguards just after 5.15pm and Redcar RNLI lifeboat Leicester Challenge III was launched to rescue the stricken craft and its crew.
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The lifeboat was quickly alongside and towed boat back to the beach at Redcar. No one was injured.