Late night shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.