Busy weekend for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged twice this afternoon (Saturday 14 July) to attend two incidents.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat towing the speedboat.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 3.15pm by Humber Coastguard to assist a 24ft speedboat with three people on board that had ran aground on Middleton beach.

The boat was towed to a Hartlepool Marina slipway and recovered.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.10pm and was made ready for service by 4.30pm

Later in the afternoon both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats with were launched at 6.21pm by Humber Coastguard to assist the emergency services to search the shoreline for two missing people in the Blackhall Rocks beach area.

Both lifeboats were stood down at 6.50pm when the two missing people were located.

Both lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 7.00pm and were refuelled and made ready for service by 7.20pm

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

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat leaving Hartlepool to assist in the search for two missing persons.

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