Busy night for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 8.30pm on Saturday 24th August to assist two people on a personal watercraft that had suffered mechanical failure 3 miles off Crimdon.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew heading out to sea on Saturday night.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ with volunteer crew launched at 8.44pm and were alongside the casualty at 9.00pm.

The personal watercraft was then taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina.

At 9.25pm the inshore lifeboat was tasked by Humber Coastguard to assist the local Coastguard team with an incident in the Hartlepool area.

The all-weather lifeboat was immediately launched at 9.30pm to take over the tow of the personal watercraft for the remaining distance to the marina where it arrived at 10.10pm where members of the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist the casualty.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 10.30pm.

The inshore lifeboat was stood down from its task at 10.20pm and returned to the boathouse where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 10.50pm.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said ‘A rapid response from the volunteer crew members meant that the incidents were dealt with quickly’.

‘I would urge anyone heading out to sea on any craft to please have a proper means of raising the alarm such as a VHF radio or flares and tell someone when you plant to leave and return and to make sure the weather and tides are suitable’.

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

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat with the personal watercraft that was towed to Hartlepool Marina on Saturday night.

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