Hartlepool RNLI assist rowing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 5.41pm on Thursday 18th April to assist a 20ft rowing boat with one person on board that had suffered mechanical failure in the North Gare area off Hartlepool.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured with the rowing boat.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 5.56pm and was alongside the casualty at 6.10pm.

The vessel was taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina arriving there at 6.50pm where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist the casualty and offer sea safety advice..

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.10pm and was made ready for service by 7.30pm.

For more information please contact Tom Collins, Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on: 01429 266103

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