Sunday morning shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.40am on Sunday 22nd December by Humber Coastguard to assist a 15 ft boat with five persons on board that had suffered mechanical failure approximately a quarter of a mile off Hartlepool near Longscar buoy.

RNLI/Jordan Craddy

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat heading back to Hartlepool on Sunday morning.

The all-weather lifeboat launched at 1.50am and was alongside the casualty a short time later where it was then towed to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.20am and was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.35am allowing some of the volunteer crewmembers to go home and get some sleep before going out to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

RNLI/Jordan Craddy

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat towing the boat that had suffered mechanical failure.

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