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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to save drifting coble

Lifeboats News Release

Both the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were launched with volunteer crews on Wednesday evening 28 June at 6.20pm following a request from Humber Coastguard that an unmanned 35ft coble was adrift near the South Gare area of the River Tees.

With sea conditions described as rough and high winds also reported both lifeboats were on scene at 6.40pm with the casualty which was then partially aground on a beach area close to Paddy’s Hole on the River Tees.

One member of the ILB crew and two crew from the ALB went ashore to secure the coble to prevent it drifting off again.

Both lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and were refuelled and made ready for service by 8.15pm.

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For more information please telephone Tom Collins, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07896793557 or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789


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A Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember pictured opposite the coble that had beeen adrift.

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