Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 7.10pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021 to assist an 8 metre power boat with one person and a dog on board that had suffered mechanical failure off Crimdon on the East Durham coast.
Inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew launched at 7.24pm and were alongside the casualty vessel at 7.31pm where it was taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina.
Inshore lifeboat helm Darren Killick said 'Once again this was a straight forward tow which is something we train to do on a regular basis and it was good to help Stuart and his dog 'Jinx' return to the marina safely '.
The skipper of the casualty vessel 'Stuart Lawson said 'The lads did a fantastic job and I'm very grateful'.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 8.45pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 9.00pm. Sea state was slight with a northerly wind.
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.