Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat assists fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI were paged at 1.18pm on Sunday 19 August by Humber Coastguard and were requested to take over the tow from Staithes lifeboat of a 25ft fishing boat with three people on board that had suffered mechanical failure earlier in the day.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) with volunteer crew launched at 1.34pm and were alongside the casualty vessel being towed by Staithes lifeboat at 1.54pm approximately four miles off Hartlepool.

The tow was taken over by the all-weather lifeboat where it proceeded to the entrance of Hartlepool Marina arriving there at 2.45pm where due to the falling tide the tow was handed over to another fishing boat that then towed the vessel to its berth within the Marina.

The ALB returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.50pm and was made ready for service by 3.00pm.

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Hartlepool all weather lifeboat towing the casualty vessel to the Hartlepool Marina entrance.

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