Boat escorted to safety by Hartlepool RNL

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 2.30pm by Humber Coastguard on Monday 26th October 2020 to assist a 70ft Dutch Iron gaff rigged cutter barge with two people on board that was encountering mechanical issues off Redcar.

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Hartlepool RNLI escorting the boat back to Hartlepool.
The all weather lifeboat ’Betty Huntbatch’ launched at 2.50pm and was alongside the casualty vessel at 3.30pm where a crewmember was placed aboard and the casualty vessel was then escorted to Hartlepool.
As the vessel approached the Fish Quay an alongside tow was established to assist with berthing.

Members of the local Hartlepool Coastguard team were also present at the Fish Quay to offer support.

The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 5.00pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 5,30pm.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said 'Once again this is the sort of job the crew train to deal with on a regular basis. It was good to see the boat moored at the fish quay and our volunteer crew return home safely after the incident'.

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