Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launch to assist vessels

Lifeboats News Release

Humber Coastguard requested both lifeboats launch at 2.25pm on Sunday 6th September to assist two boats that had suffered mechanical failure off Hartlepool.

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Hartlepool Rnli lifeboats pictured towing the boats to Kafiga Landings.
The coble had earlier offered assistance to the 22ft yacht with one person on board that had suffered mechanical failure near the Old Pier at Middleton, Hartlepool but once alongside the yacht the coble with six people on board suffered a fouled propeller and was unable to assist the yacht.
Both lifeboats launched at 2.40pm and were alongside the casualty vessels within a few minutes where they were towed back to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool.
The all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' and inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 3.15pm and were refuelled and made ready for service by 3.30pm.
Hartlepool Rnli Lifeboat Operations Manager ‘Chris Hornsey said ‘Once again a quick response from the volunteer crewmembers brought the incident to a safe and satisfactory end’.
The sea state was calm with a 4 knot northerly wind.

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