80 ton fishing boat towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.05pm on Monday 16 August to reports of a 16 metre 80 ton fishing boat with five people on board that had suffered mechanical failure approximately six miles off Hartlepool.

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat pictured towing the fishing boat to the Fish Quay.
The lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard in order to assess the situation.

The charity's all-weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch launched at 4.25pm and was alongside the casualty vessel at 4.50pm.

Once the scene had been assessed and owing to sea conditions, it was decided that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

A tow was then attached and the vessel was towed back to Hartlepool Fish Quay arriving there at 6.10pm where the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue team were waiting to assist.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.15pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.30pm.

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