Double New Year Day call out for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.15pm on 1st January 2020 by Humber Coastguard to an incident at Seaton Carew. Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats with volunteer crews launched at 4.26pm.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull'.(filepic)

As the inshore lifeboat arrived at Seaton Carew the local Coastguard team and police had already dealt with the situation.

Shortly afterwards as both boats were returning to the Ferry Road lifeboat station the inshore lifeboat was tasked to an incident at Hartlepool Marina to again assist the local Coastguard and police.

The inshore lifeboat eventually returned to the lifeboat station at 5.40pm where it was refuelled and made ready for its next service by 6.00pm.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said ‘This was our first shout of the year and I have nothing but praise for our volunteers who turned out to the two incidents. Their dedication and professionalism was once again outstanding’.

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