Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 4.00pm on Saturday 21 April 2018 following a request from Humber Coastguard to assist a yacht with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure in the Seaton Channel area.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 4.18pm and was alongside the casualty vessel at 4.25pm where an RNLI crewmember was placed aboard.
Due to a problem with the yachts steering system the vessel had to be towed stern first back to Hartlepool Marina.
The inshore lifeboat arrived at Hartlepool Marina at 6.30pm where the casualty was then placed at a pontoon.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.00pm and was made ready for service by 7.20pm.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.