Hartlepool RNLI assist ill fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 5.03am on Thursday 3rd February to a 45ft fishing vessel 30 miles off Hartlepool with a crew member who had a medical issue.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' and volunteer crew heading out to sea at 5.25am on Thursday morning. Pic by Tom Collins.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 5.25am and was on scene at 6.20am where a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Humberside had arrived earlier to deal with the casualty.

Deputy launch author Steve Pounder said ‘Once again a prompt turn out from the volunteer crew meant we were heading out to sea quickly in response to the request from the Coastguard.

With the helicopter reaching the fishing vessel before us and their paramedic dealing with the casualty the all weather lifeboat stood by ready to offer any assistance'.

Once the casualty was assessed it was decided he could stay on the fishing boat and return to Hartlepool.'

The fishing boat was then escorted back to Hartlepool by the lifeboat arriving at the Fish Quay at 9.50am where the all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse and was refuelled and made ready for service by 10.20am.

Weather conditions were described as slight with a westerly 10-15 knot wind.

RNLI/Jordan Craddy

The Coastguard helicopter pictured opposite the fishing vessel.

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