Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.11pm on Monday 18th May to assist a 140 ton, 24 metre trawler with four crew on board that had suffered mechanical failure the previous evening south of Hartlepool and was being towed to Hartlepool Fish Quay by another trawler.
Hartlepool all weather lifeboat met the trawler towing the casualty vessel off the nearby Heugh breakwater and assisted the towing trawler to bring the casualty vessel safely to Hartlepool Fish Quay where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist with mooring lines.
The alb returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 1.55pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.15pm
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘What could have been a difficult tow was made easier by excellent teamwork from our volunteer crew and good communication with the towing vessel’.
‘Hartlepool RNLI remains on call and is fully operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst there is no crew training or exercises taking place our volunteers are here if people need us.’
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.