Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launch to swimmers in trouble
Humber Coastguard paged Hartlepool RNLI at 6.20pm on Sunday 20th June to reports of three young swimmers who were reportedly being swept out to sea by the rip current near Steetley Pier at Hartlepool and were being assisted by an adult who had swam out to help the group.
Shortly before the boats arrived at the scene of the incident the casualties had managed to make their way back to the beach where Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team were ready to check the casualties before handing them over to an ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service.
Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 6.45pm and were refuelled and made ready for service by 7.15pm.
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said ' Never underestimate the power of the strong rip currents that can easily drag a person out to sea from the shallows of the shoreline similar to today's incident. We hope the people involved make a full recovery from their ordeal'.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.