Double call out for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two boats had to be assisted by the Hartlepool RNLI volunteers on Saturday afternoon.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats pictured with the casualty vessels they assisted on Saturday afternoon.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.55pm on Saturday 13th July by Humber Coastguard to assist a 28ft boat that had suffered mechanical failure close to the piers near Hartlepool Marina.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 2.10pm and was alongside the casualty vessel that had three people on board within a few minutes.

The boat was safely towed to a pontoon at Hartlepool Marina then the all weather lifeboat returned the Ferry Road lifeboat station and made ready for service.

The second call out at 4.00pm was to take over a tow from Redcar RNLI lifeboat that had assisted a fishing boat with six people on board that had suffered mechanical failure off Redcar.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 4.20pm and met the Redcar lifeboat and casualty vessel approximately 3 miles off Hartlepool where the Hartlepool boat took over the tow and brought it back to Hartlepool Marina where a local Coastguard team was waiting to offer assistance.

The inshore liboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 5.30pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.00pm

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

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