Late night shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 10.56pm on Wednesday 21st November to a report that an angler fishing from the Heugh breakwater may have been hit by a wave and washed into the sea.


A view from the RNLI all weather lifeboat showing the helicopter searching the area.
Hartlepool all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' and inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched with volunteer crews at 11.20pm to commence a search of the area around the Heugh breakwater at the Headland.
The two boats were on scene within a matter of minutes where sea conditions at the at the time were described as difficult.

The two RNLI lifeboats were later joined by a UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter that also took part in the search.

Following a thorough search of the area both lifeboats were stood down at 2.30am and returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where they were refuelled and made ready for service by 3.00am.

For more information please contact Tom Collins, Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07896 793557 or email:

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A view from the RNLI all weather lifeboat showing the helicopter searching the area.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat(file pic).

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