Boat towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers were paged at 5.15pm on Thursday 22nd August to assist a 23ft boat with one person on board that had suffered a fouled prop and was drifting towards rocks near the Heugh Breakwater at the Headland, Hartlepool..

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew towing the vessel to safety.

The Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 5.28pm and was alongside the casualty a few minutes later where a tow was made and the vessel was then towed to Kafiga Landings where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.05pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.30pm.

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

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