Hartlepool RNLI answers call for help.
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.
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
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.