Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 5.40am on 27th September by Humber Coastguard to assist a 31ft yacht that had suffered mechanical failure.
The all weather lifeboat ‘Betty Huntbatch’ and volunteer crew launched at 5.50am to assist the casualty vessel with two people on board that was approximately two miles off the Headland at Hartlepool.
The vessel was taken under tow at 6.20am to Hartlepool Marina arriving their at 6.50am where it was met by the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team team who were waiting to assist with mooring the boat.
Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘Conditions were rapidly deteriorating with winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour as we arrived on scene so great team work from the crew meant we quickly attached a tow and brought the boat and it’s two crew safely back to Hartlepool Marina’.
The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.20am and was refuelled and made ready for service by 7.35am allowing the volunteer crew to return home or go straight to work.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.