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Shortest shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.15pm on Thursday 13th May 2021 by Humber Coastguard to assist an 8 metre yacht that had suffered mechanical failure in the channel opposite the Ferry Road boathouse and was being held alongside a walkway gantry.


Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew with the yacht opposite the Ferry Road lifeboat station
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 4.21pm and was alongside the casualty vessel immediately where a tow line was attached and the vessel with 3 people on board was towed to the nearby Kafiga Landings at the Headland where they were met by the Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team.
Inshore lifeboat helm Ken Hay said 'This was probably one of the shortest shouts in distance I have ever been involved with during my 21 years service with the RNLI but most importantly we returned the vessel and its occupants safely to a berth at Kafiga Landings'.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.45pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.00pm.
The weather was overcast and sea state calm.

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