Hartlepool RNLI search for paraglider
Hartlepool RNLI were paged at 12.53 on Tuesday 26th November by Humber Coastguard following a report of a paraglider landing in the sea off Blackhall Point,County Durham.
The inshore and all weather lifeboat with volunteer crews launched at 12.15pm and were on scene shortly afterwards where they commenced a search of the area.
A Coastguard search and rescue helicopter later joined the search.
Despite a thorough search of the area nothing was found and the lifeboats and helicopter were stood down from the search at 3.35pm.
Both boats were refuelled and made ready for service by 4.10pm
Ilb helm Clare Barber said ‘This was the sort of job we train for on a regular basis and it was good to see the lifeboat crewmembers working together well in deteriorating conditions.”
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.