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18 foot pleasure fishing boat towed into Hartlepool Marina by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

An 18 foot pleasure fishing boat asked HM Humber Coastguard for assistance after it suffered mechanical failure 2.5 miles off Seaton Carew on Wednesday 27 July 2016.

HM Coastguard requested the assistance of Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at 8.10pm to help a fishing boat that had suffered mechanical failure. Hartlepool RNLI’s Atlantic 85 was launched by its volunteer crew at 8.21pn and was on scene at 8.29pm.


Hartlepool RNLI’s volunteer Helmsman, Ken Hay, said ‘When we arrived on scene the fishing boat, with 2 adult males and 1 youth onboard, was at anchor. The youth was feeling a bit sickly so we transferred him to the inshore lifeboat and volunteer crewmember, Rob Archer, went aboard the stricken vessel to help negotiate its safe passage into Hartlepool Marina.


We quickly attached a towline onto the bow of the fishing boat and towed it into the safety of Hartlepool Marina arriving there at 9.00pm.


Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager said ‘We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is that vessels and equipment are maintained well before going to sea. ‘


Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 9.12pm.



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Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat tows the stricken pleasure fishing boat into Hartlepool Marina


  •  Hartlepool lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to



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