Hartlepool RNLI search for paraglider

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifebpat pictured returning to the Ferry Road lifeboat station after taking part in the search off the East Durham coast.

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.”

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat pictured being made ready service at the Ferry Road lifeboat station after taking part in the search off the East Durham Coast.

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