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Three people rescued by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 6.22pm on Tuesday 23rd August to assist a 21ft yacht with three persons on board that had suffered mechanical failure near Steetley pier.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat pictured towing the vessel to Kafiga Landings.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ launched at 6.36pm and was alongside the vessel at 6.44pm.

The vessel was towed to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool where the local Coastguard team were waiting to offer some sea safety advice to the three crew members.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 7.25pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 7.50pm

Hartlepool RNLI Deputy launch authority Steve Pounder said ‘It’s vital that anyone heading out to sea has the correct communication equipment and lifejackets.'

Sea state was slight with a 6-10 knot westerly wind.

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