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Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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Hartlepool RNLI crewmembers prepare the inshore lifeboat for launching on Friday morning during a downpour.

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 yacht undertow by Hartlepool RNLI.

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