Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats were launched at 2.43am on Sunday 6th June by Humber Coastguard to a report of a man overboard from a 10 metre fishing vessel 3 miles off Hartlepool.
Once on scene with the fishing boat at 3.00am, where in the meantime the fisherman had been recovered back to the fishing boat by its skipper, a crewmember from the all weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat were placed aboard to assess the casualty.
The fishing boat was escorted back to the Fish Quay at the Headland where Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and an ambulance were waiting.
Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said 'Due to the quick reaction and professionalism of the boat's skipper the crewman was recovered back to the fishing boat. I'm glad to say the crewman is now safely on his way to hospital. I would also like to say thank you to my volunteer crew for responding quickly to this call out which could have had a very different outcome. This was our fifth call out in a matter of days and once again the commitment from the crew was outstanding'.
The lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.00am and were refuelled and made ready for service by 4.30am. Sea state was calm.
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