Hartlepool RNLI answers call for help.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.10pm on Thursday 20th June a member of the public alerted Harlepool RNLI volunteers at the Ferry Road lifeboat station saying that three young adults in an 8ft inflatable dinghy at the nearby Middleton beach appeared to be in difficulty and could not reach the shoreline.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat(file pic).
The inshore lifeboat launched at 5.20pm with volunteer crew members and made its way to the Middleton beach area to discover that the occupants of the dinghy had in fact actually reached the shoreline.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 5.30pm and was washed down and made ready for service again by 5.50pm

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

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