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Hartlepool and Redcar RNLl training exercise with Coastguard helicopter

Lifeboats News Release

A joint training exercise took place at the weekend with Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter from Humberside.


Th Coastguard helicopter hovers opposite Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat.

The hour long exercise in Tees Bay gave both the Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI volunteer crew members valuable experience of working with the helicopter.

Hartlepool RNLI second coxswain and station mechanic Garry Waugh said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for our new crew members to gain valuable experience of working with the Coastguard helicopter and crew who were fantastic throughout the exercise.

Our inshore lifeboat crew were also put to the test as one of the helicopter crew members was lowered onto the inshore lifeboat as it maintained its speed plus it’s always good to work with our lifeboat colleagues at Redcar.'

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Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI lifeboats pictured during the exercise.

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