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Hartlepool and Whitby RNLI lifeboats assist sail training vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘Betty Huntbatch’ and volunteer crewmembers were paged at 10.45am on Monday 23rd April to assist the Whitby RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘George and Mary Webb’ berth a 120 ton sail training vessel that had suffered mechanical failure earlier in the day off Whitby.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI(right) and Whitby RNLI lifeboats shown with the sail training vessel approaching Hartlepool.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 11.05am and was alongside the casualty at 11.15am

The 35 metre vessel with 15 persons on board was towed the short distance into Hartlepool and berthed at the deep water berth in Hartlepool docks.

First aid was administered by the Hartlepool lifeboat crew to two members of the sail training vessel for minor injuries where they were then transferred by the all weather lifeboat to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where awaiting paramedics further assessed their injuries before they were sent to hospital by ambulance.

Hartlepool RNLI second coxswain and station mechanic Garry Waugh said ‘Due to the size of the vessel and the mechanical issue it had suffered we were able to assist Whitby lifeboat with the tow, berthing the boat safely and dealing with the two casualties’.

‘It was good teamwork all around and an incident that the volunteer crewmembers train for on a frequent basis.’

Whitby RNLI lifeboat returned to its home port and Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 1.20pm

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


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