Party balloons spark call out for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 7.32pm on Tuesday 13th April to search an area off Seaton Carew where a member of the public thought they had seen a hang glider enter the water.

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Hartlepool RNLI crewmembers Colm Simpson and Mark Barker(right) pictured with the now deflated letters that were recovered from the sea off Seaton Carew on Tuesday evening. Pic by Tom Collins
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' with four crewmembers on board launched at 7.44pm and was on scene a few minutes later where they discovered some large half inflated silver letter balloons blowing about in the water.
ILB helm Ken Hay said 'The initial call call to the Coastguard was made with good intent and finding the object quickly brought the incident to a safe and satisfactory end'. The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 8.00pm and was refuelled and made ready for service again by 8.15pm.
The Hartlepool Coastguard Search and Rescue Team also attended the incident.

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