Man rescued by Hartlepool RNLI volunteers
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.
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.
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.