Hartlepool RNLI volunteers assist kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.58pm on Saturday 27th June by Humber Coastguard to assist three kayakers that were reported to be iin difficulty off Blackhall.

Hartlepool RNLI ILB at sea 2020

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI ILB at sea 2020
The all weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch and inshore lifeboat Solihull launched at 1.10pm with the inshore lifeboat first to arrive at the scene of the incident. The crews retrieved the kayakers and their boats and returned them to the beach at Crimdon where they had originally launched from, and were met there by the local Coastguard team. The kayakers were safe and well.

Both lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.40pm and were made ready for service again by 3.00pm.

Sea state was slight with intermittent rain showers and variable visibility.

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