Christmas Day call out for Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers Christmas Day festivities were disrupted when they were paged at 4.55pm by Humber Coastguard to assist two people whose personal water craft had suffered mechanical failure off the nearby Middleton beach.
The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ launched at 5.05pm and was alongside the casualty vessel a few minutes later where it was then towed to Hartlepool Marina where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 5.50pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.20pm.
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden praised his crew saying ‘Christmas night and once again the commitment from the volunteers leaving their loved ones at home on a special occasion and turning up on a freezing cold night to help someone in trouble at sea is incredible.
Fortunately the casualty was dealt with quickly and safely allowing our crew members to go home to their families and enjoy the rest of the evening’.
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.