Shortest shout for Hartlepool RNLI volunteers
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.
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'.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.