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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to assist divers

Lifeboats News Release

Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats with volunteer crew members were launched at 11.20am following a request from Humber Coastguard to attend a dive boat approximately 7 miles north of Hartlepool that had two divers who had taken a rapid ascent from 20 metres.

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Hartlepool ALB at the Ferry Road lifeboat station with the two divers on Board.

The two lifeboats were on scene with the casualties at 11.40am where the two male divers were taken aboard the all-weather lifeboat where medical advice was taken from a dive doctor at Hull.

The casualties were brought back to Hartlepool lifeboat station at 12.00 where awaiting ambulances and paramedics assessed them before taking them to James Cook Hospital at Middlesbrough.

Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station operations manager Mike Craddy said: ‘Once again our volunteer crew were quickly on scene and our first aid training for such a scenario was ideal.

'We hope the two divers make a quick recovery from their ordeal.'


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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat with divers on board at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteers with one of the ambulances at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

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For more information please telephone Tom Collins, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07896 793557 or Alison Levett, Public Relations Manager on 07786 668912 or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteers with one of the ambulances at the lifeboat station.

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