Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht with four people on board.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI we’re paged at 6.40pm on Thursday 28th April to assist a 9 metre yacht with four people on board that had suffered mechanical failure at the entrance to Hartlepool Marina.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured towing the yacht to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool.

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull’ launched at 6.45pm and was alongside the casualty vessel shortly afterwards.

Due to the low tide the vessel was then towed the short distance to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool.

The inshore lifeboat then headed back out to sea to take part in a training exercise.

Inshore lifeboat helm Ken Hay said “This was a routine tow job that the volunteer crew train for on a regular basis and we were already kitted up to carry out a training exercise hence the quick launch”.

Sea state was slight with a east south east 8-10 knot wind.


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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured towing the yacht to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool.

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