Upturned boat sparks search by Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.55am on Friday 23rd November to a report of an upturned boat in the Victoria Dock area of Hartlepool Docks.

RNLI/Tom Collins

The small tender that was recovered from Victoria Dock in the early hours of Friday morning.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 1.06am and was on scene shortly afterwards where the volunteer crew discovered a small 2 metre tender that appeared to have been in the water for a considerable time.
A search of the surrounding dock and Kafiga Landings area was made but nothing found.
The small boat was brought back to the Ferry Road lifeboat station on the inshore lifeboat and disposed of.
The inshore lifeboat was made ready for service by 1.40am

For more information please contact Tom Collins, Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07896 793557 or email: tomcollinspictures@yahoo.co.uk

RNLI/Tom Collins

The Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat heads towards Victoria Dock to search the area.

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