Hartlepool RNLI volunteers rescue kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

A kayaker who lost his paddle whilst fishing had to be assisted by the Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew.

The unlucky angler lost his paddle whilst adjusting his anchor as he prepared to fish approximately 100 metres from the Steetley pier.
The Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.37pm and launched at 12.50pm.
The inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew were alongside the casualty a few minutes later and brought the kayaker and his kayak back to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where the person involved made arrangements to recover his property.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer helm Mark Barker said 'The kayaker was very unlucky to lose his paddle but made the right decision by contacting the Coastguard and bringing the issue to a safe conclusion'.
The inshore lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 1.40pm.

For more information please contact RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, Tom Collins on: 07896 793557.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat crew with the kayaker and kayak at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

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