Double call out for Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged twice within an hour on Saturday afternoon to deal with two calls.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew alongside the personal water craft that had suffered mechanical failure.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged by Humber Coastguard at 4.55pm on Saturday 5 May to assist a person whose personal water craft had suffered mechanical failure off Middleton beach.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 5.12pm and was alongside the casualty shortly afterwards where it was taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina. The ILB returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 5.44pm and was made ready for service by 6.00pm.

Shortly afterwards at 6.10pm the ILB was again tasked by Humber Coastguard, this time to assist a 17ft boat with one person on board that had suffered mechanical failure off the Headland, Hartlepool.

The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 6.15pm where the vessel was taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.50pm and was made ready for service by 7.10pm

Inshore lifeboat helm Mark Barker said: 'Today's shouts were two straight forward tow jobs in near perfect sea conditions but still something myself and fellow volunteers constantly train to deal with.'

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For further details please contact Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station press officer Tom Collins on 08796 793557.

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Hartlepool RNI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew alongside the boat that suffered mechanical failure.

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