Fathers Day call out for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request from Humber Coastguard both Hartlepool lifeboats were launched to assist emergency services to an incident on the East Durham coast.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI ilb 'Solihull' and volunteer crew setting off at 3.40am to take part in a search along the East Durham Coast this morning. Pic by Tom Collins.

The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 3.40am and the all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' launched at 4.15am to commence a search of the shoreline.

Both boats were eventually stood down by the Coastguard at 5.40am and returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 6.00am and were refuelled and made ready for service by 6.30am.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘Once again great teamwork from the volunteer crew and station officials allowed us to go to sea quickly in the early hours and work alongside our neighbours at Sunderland RNLI and the other emergency services during the incident which has ended with a satisfactory result that allowed us all to return home safely to enjoy Fathers Day with our families.’

Sea state was calm with good visibility.

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