Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.05pm by Humber Coastguard to a report of four people in difficulty in the water at the North Gare near Seaton Carew.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 4.15pm and was alongside the casualties at 4.21pm where a throw line was passed to two of the teenagers who were then pulled to the boat and lifted aboard and taken to a nearby beach where they were met by the Coastguard and paramedics.
The other two casualties had clambered onto the base of the pier and were assisted away by the Coastguard team members to the awaiting ambulance.
Hartlepool RNLI inshore helm Ken Hay said ‘There was quite a swell running which made it difficult to recover the two casualties but some good teamwork with ourselves and the Coastguard team brought the incident to a safe conclusion’.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 5.00pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.40pm.
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