Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to reports of capsized boat.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 7.40pm on Wednesday 19th August 2020 to reports of two people in the water near Newburn Bridge whose boat had capsized.

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Hartlepool Rnli all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' pictured at sea on Wednesday evening.
The all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched at 7.55pm and were on scene a few minutes later to discover that the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club safety boat had recovered the two people and was towing the dinghy back to the yacht club slipway.
The inshore lifeboat escorted the safety boat to the slipway and then returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station with the all weather lifeboat. Both lifeboats were made ready for service again by 8.30pm.
The sea state was moderate with poor visibility.
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said 'Humber Coastguard received two 999 calls from people on a nearby pier who had witnessed the boat capsize and obviously made the call with good intent. Once again this was a great response from the volunteer crewmembers who drop everything at a moments notice when the pagers go off'.

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