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Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to assist 52 foot cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request by Humber Coastguard both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats with volunteer crews were launched to assist a 52 foot cruiser with 6 people on board that had suffered mechanical failure at the lock gates entrance to Hartlepool Marina at 2.15pm on Saturday 4th September.

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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats pictured with the cruiser at the entrance to the Hartlepool Marina.
The lifeboats were alongside the casualty vessel at 2.30pm where a tow line was attached and the vessel safely towed to a berth within the marina where members of the Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to assist.
Both boats then returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and were refuelled and made ready for service by 3.45pm.

Hartlepool RNLI Deputy Launch Authority Steve Pounder said 'Due to the casualty vessel having a mechanical problem and the windy weather conditions we decided to use the inshore lifeboat to assist the all weather lifeboat with manoeuvring the boat through the lock and into the marina.'

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