Mayday call on Fathers Day for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Humber Coastguard requested Hartlepool RNLI to launch at 8.10am on Sunday 16th June to attend a vessel with two people on board that had issued a Mayday call after losing engine power near Hartlepool Marina and was in danger of drifting on to nearby rocks.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew launching to the incident this morning.

The inshore lifeboat with four volunteer crew members on board launched at 8.30am but in the meantime the casualty vessel had managed to return to the marina after restarting an engine.

The inshore lifeboat returned the Ferry Road boathouse at 8.34am and was made ready for service by 8.45am.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboats Operations manager Chris Hornsey said 'Fortunately the incident was over quickly and our volunteer crew members were able to go home and hopefully enjoy a peaceful Fathers Day with their families'.

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

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