Early morning shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 1.30am on Tuesday the 26th February 2019 following a call from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of three people in a small dinghy who had been seen near the Fish Quay and Kafiga Landings area of Hartlepool Docks.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew shown returning to the Ferry Road lifeboat station on Tuesday morning.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 1.50am and was alongside the dinghy and its occupants within a couple of minutes where it was taken under tow to the Pilot Pier where the local coastguard team and police were waiting to meet it.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.20am and was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30am.

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

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