Hartlepool RNLI in search for missing ferry passenger.
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.
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’.
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.