Sunday afternoon call out for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 5.40pm on Sunday afternoon to assist a 24ft fishing boat that had suffered mechanical failure approximately 2 miles off Crimdon, County Durham.
The inshore lifeboat with four crew members aboard launched at 5.55pm and was alongside the casualty at 6.05pm.
The vessel with three people on board was taken under tow to Kafiga Landings at the Headland arriving there at 7.05pm.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.25pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 7.50pm
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.