Mayday call on Fathers Day for Hartlepool RNLI
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.
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
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.