Both Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats launched to report of missing swimmer.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.40am on Saturday 1st January to a report of a swimmer that was in difficulty in the sea off the 'sandy car park' at Seaton Carew.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launches to take part in the search. Pic by Tom Collins.

The Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 10.51am and arrived on scene at 10.56am and began a search of the area along with the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team.

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' also launched at 11.18am and was on scene shortly afterwards to assist with the search.

After a search of the area and nothing found both boats were stood down by Humber Coastguard at 12.40pm and returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 12.50 where they were refuelled and made ready for service by 1.10pm.

Deputy Launch Authority Steve Pounder said “Once again a great turn out from the crew meant we launched quickly and started to search the area as requested by Humber Coastguard but with nothing found we were eventually stood down by the Coastguard and returned to the boathouse where the boats were refuelled and made ready for service to allow the volunteer crew to return to their homes and spend the rest of New Year’s Day with their families”.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launches to take part in the search. Pic by Tom Collins.

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