The crew of a fishing boat and their vessel were brought to safety by the Whitby Lifeboat on Saturday morning.
The 24 feet fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure and was in less than two meters of water near North cheek off Robin Hood’s Bay.
There were three crew members on board who alerted Humber Coastguard.
Whitby’s crew were paged at 9.30am.
Station mechanic Richard Dowson said “Luckily due to the calm conditions it turned out to be a fairly routine tow job.
“If the conditions had been different the people on the boat could have been at risk but we managed to bring them safely back to Whitby harbour.”
The all-weather boat returned to the harbour around 10.55am, along with the boat as pictured above, and was refuelled and made ready for service again.
Meanwhile, the Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew were tasked on Sunday night along with the local volunteer coastguard service.
A member of the public reported to the Coastguard that they could see from Port Mulgrave a washed up inflatable boat.
The Coastguard crews were despatched to the top of the cliff while the Pride Of Leicester was launched to search in the water.
The lifeboat crew recovered the dinghy and searched the area to check no one was in difficulty but nothing else found.
A coastguard spokesperson said it is always better to be safe than sorry and if in doubt on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastgaurd.