Late night call out for Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.48pm on Monday 24th June to take over a tow from Redcar RNLI of a 14 metre cruiser with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure off Redcar.
The all weather lifeboat launched at 11.08pm and was on scene off Redcar with the casualty and Redcar RNLI lifeboat at 11.25pm.
Two Hartlepool crew members went aboard the casualty vessel and the tow was then passed to the Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat.
Due to the dropping tide when the all weather lifeboat arrived off Hartlepool at 12.30pm the tow was passed over to the Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat which then towed the casualty to Hartlepool Marina.
Arriving at Hartlepool Marina at 12.45am the casualty vessel was passed over to the local Coastguard team and the inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse..
Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats were refuelled and made ready for service by 1.30am
Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat operations manager Chris Hornsey said ‘This was second our second shout in two days and once again the dedication from our volunteer crew, most of whom will be back at work later today is amazing and it was also good to work with our fellow RNLI team at Redcar and our local Coastguard team.'
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.