Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 3.50pm on Tuesday 11th August to assist a 32ft pleasure boat with 3 people on board half a mile off Steetley pier, Hartlepool, that was unable to raise its anchor due to a mechanical issue.
The all weather lifeboat ‘Betty Huntbatch’ launched at 4.10pm and was alongside the casualty vessel at 4.20pm where assistance was provided.
The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.50pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.15pm
Second coxswain Garry Waugh said ‘Two of the volunteer crewmembers went aboard and were able to pull the 32ft of chain and the anchor on to the deck by hand which allowed the pleasure boat to return safely to the marina’.
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.