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Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats with volunteer crews were launched at 8.45am on Sunday 8 October by Humber Coastguard to reports of a Mayday call in the Seaham area.

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Pic caption: Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured launching on Sunday morning to the Mayday call.

Humber Coastguard later stood down both lifeboats at 9.10am

The all-weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 9.20am whilst the inshore lifeboat stayed at sea to carry out a scheduled exercise.

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Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured launching on Sunday morning to the Mayday call. Picture credit: Tom Collins/ Hartlepool RNLI

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