Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 5.15pm by Humber Coastguard to reports of a person in the water at the Fish Quay on the Headland who had fallen between a fishing boat and the Fish Quay.
The inshore lifeboat Solihull’ launched at 5.27pm and was on scene within a minute where it was discovered that the person who had fallen in the water had been helped ashore and was being dealt with by paramedics on board a fishing boat.
A further two volunteer RNLI crewmembers were ferried across to the scene of the incident by the inshore lifeboat where they assisted the local Coastguard team move the casualty from the fishing boat to an ambulance and then to hospital.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.05pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.35pm
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.