Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat launched

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to a report of a capsized boat off Hartlepool on Saturday 3 March.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat crew prepare the boat for its next service after Saturday's call out.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 1.55pm to the Longscar buoy direction off Hartlepool and discovered what was believed to be part of the actual Longscar East cardinal buoy which had been damaged during the current stormy weather.

The inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.07pm and was made ready for service by 2.20pm.

Hartlepool lifeboat operations manager, Chris Hornsey, who praised the volunteer crew said: 'Despite freezing cold temperatures and challenging sea conditions the inshore lifeboat crew were quick to respond and along with our local Coastguard colleagues quickly brought the incident to a close.'

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