Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 9.58am on Friday 1st July by Humber Coastguard to assist a 33ft yacht with 1 person on board that had suffered mechanical failure approximately 4 miles south east of Hartlepool.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' with four volunteer crew on board launched at 10.16am and were on scene alongside the casualty vessel at 10.30am.
The yacht was then towed to Kafiga Landings at the Headland where it was met by Hartlepool Coastguard at 11.36am and moored safely.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 12.05pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 12.20pm.
Sea state was calm with a westerly 2 knot wind.
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said “Please ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you have a problem at sea. This was our third call out this week for the volunteer crew who are on call 24/7”.
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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.
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