60ft Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Humber Coastguard paged Hartlepool RNLI volunteers at 4.45pm on Wednesday 8th September to assist a 60ft yacht with one person on board that had suffered mechanical failure off the Headland, Hartlepool.

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' pictured with the yacht off Hartlepool.
The all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' and volunteer crew launched at 5.05pm and was alongside the yacht shortly afterwards at 5.15pm.
The yacht was towed to Hartlepool Marina where the Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' assisted with the tow through the lock gates and into the marina.
Both boats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.00pm and were refuelled and made ready for service by 6.20pm.
Hartlepool RNLI station mechanic and second coxswain Garry Waugh said 'This was a typical tow job that the volunteer crew train for on a regular basis and good team work meant that the yacht and its skipper were brought back safely to the marina.'

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' and inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' pictured with the yacht in Hartlepool Marina..

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