Hartlepool Rnli lifeboat crew were paged at 1.35pm by Humber Coastguard to assist a 17ft boat with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure near the Redcar Ore Terminal on the River Tees.
Hartlepool ilb 'Solihull' and volunteer crew launched at 1.41pm and were alongside the casualty vessel at 1.56pm where it was towed upriver to a slipway at the Tees Barrage.
The inshore lifeboat returned the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.30pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 4.45pm
Ilb Helm Mark Barker said ‘This was a straight forward tow job up the River Tees which is something we train for on a regular basis and we were glad to assist the two people on the boat'.
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.