Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launch to assist boat aground on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Both Hartlepool RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats with volunteer crews were launched on Friday 6th July at 7.10pm following a request from Humber Coastguard to assist a 26ft yacht with one person on board that had ran aground on Longscar Rocks off Seaton Carew, Hartlepool.

Despite the sea swell and the location of the yacht making it difficult for the RNLI volunteers on the inshore lifeboat to attach a line to recover the vessel it was eventually taken under tow after being checked for any damage to Hartlepool Marina where a local Coastguard team dealt with the casualty.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘The yacht had run aground at the highest point on Longscar Rocks and was taking a battering at times in the surf but we were able to get a line to the boat and as the tide came in we were able to tow the boat away from danger’.

‘We then placed two volunteer crewmembers on board the casualty which had limited steering capability after its ordeal to assist the skipper as the inshore lifeboat towed the yacht back to Hartlepool Marina and the all-weather lifeboat stood by to assist if required.’

The RNLI boats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 8.00pm and were made ready for service by 8.30pm

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For further details please contact Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station press officer Tom Collins on: 07896 793557.

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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats pictured with the yacht that had earlier ran ground(inset).

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