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Hartlepool RNLI called out for whale in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request from Humber Coastguard at 9.15am on Sunday 26 November, Hartlepool RNLI's inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew launched at 9.20am to monitor what was thought to be a Minke whale that was entangled in rope at an area off Seaton Carew near Longscar Rocks.

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A local Coastguard member monitors the progress of the whale at Seaton Carew. Pic by Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

The whale had earlier been spotted on the shoreline at Seaton Carew by a member of the public who had contacted the Coastguard.

Hartlepool RNLI inshore volunteer lifeboat helm Matt Blanchard said: ‘We carried out a search of the area but nothing was found. Hopefully the whale has since freed itself from the rope’.

The RNLI crew were stood down by Humber Coastguard at 9.55am and returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where the inshore lifeboat was made ready for service by 10.20am

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For more information please telephone Tom Collins, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07896 793557

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members pictured at the lifeboat station after their search for the whale. Pic Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

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The whale on the shoreline at Seaton Carew. 26th November 2017

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The whale on the shoreline at Seaton Carew. 26th November 2017

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