Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launch to swimmers in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew pictured at the scene of the incident.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 6.30pm followed shortly afterwards by the all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch'.
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'.

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