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Man rescued by Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.17pm on Sunday 25th October by Humber Coastguard to assist two people who were in the water at Newburn Bridge, Hartlepool with a personal water craft that had suffered mechanical failure.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' refuelled and made ready for service again on Sunday evening.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew launched at 4.34pm and were at the scene of the incident a few minutes later where it was discovered that one person had made their own way to the shore but one person was still in the water holding on to an outfall pipe having attempted to swim ashore.

The casualty who had been in the water for a considerable time and was extremely cold was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat where the volunteer crew provided casualty care and transferred the person to the nearby Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway where the local Coastguard team were waiting to offer support.

The inshore lifeboat returned to Newburn Bridge where a tow was attached to the personal water craft and it was then towed back to the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to the Ferry Road boathouse where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.45pm.

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