A pleasure boat had to be rescued by the coastguard, lifeboats and the RAF when it began taking on water two miles off the coast of Redcar. Three anglers were rescued from the Ocean Pearl, which was then bailed out and towed back to shore.
Two lifeboats from Hartlepool, two from Redcar and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield were all called out when Humber Coastguard were alerted at 0910.
"We were extremely concerned at the rate at which the Ocean Pearl was taking on water and so it was imperative that we had rescue resources on scene as soon as possible should the situation worsen."
More top news
David Moyes hoped he would be able to turn Sunderland around when he was appointed in the summer - but leaves them a Championship club
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been installed as the bookies' favourite after David Moyes walked out
David Moyes has resigned as the manager of Sunderland AFC the club has announced