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Hartlepool RNLI in search for missing ferry passenger.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 2.50pm to take part in a search along with other flanking lifeboat stations and agencies for a person missing from a ferry boat.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool Rnli all weather lifeboat returns from the search for the missing ferry passenger.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 3.10pm to begin a search approximately 5 miles off Hartlepool along the route of the ferry that had travelled from the Netherlands to North Shields earlier in the day.

With a comprehensive search of the allocated area completed the all weather lifeboat and volunteer crew were stood down by Humber Coastguard at approximately 7.10pm

The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.50pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 8.15pm

Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats operations manager Chris Hornsey said ‘despite a long and thorough search of the area nothing was found’.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool Rnli all weather lifeboat returns from the search for the missing ferry passenger.

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