Hartlepool RNLI assist kite surfer.

Lifeboats News Release

Following a phone call from a member of the public to Humber Coastguard that a kite surfer appeared to be in trouble near the North Gare area, Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were then paged at 4.04pm to assist the person.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured heading out to sea to asist the kite surfer.

The inshore lifeboat which had just attended the nearby Headland Carnival Raft Race launched at 4.06pm and was with the casualty at 4.16pm.

The inshore lifeboat crew assisted the kite surfer, who appears to have been having a rest at the time back to the Blue Lagoon beach.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.45pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.00pm

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