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Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.56am on Monday 11th July to assist a 21ft yacht approximately 2 miles north-east of the Headland with three people on board that had suffered mechanical failure.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat pictured towing the yacht into Hartlepool Marina.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ with 4 volunteer crew-members on board launched at 11.15pm and was alongside the vessel at 11.25pm where a crew-member was placed aboard.

The vessel was towed to Hartlepool Marina where it was moored safely at midnight with assistance from Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue members.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 12.30am and was refuelled and made ready for service by 12.45am.

Hartlepool RNLI deputy launch authority Steve Pounder said "A good turnout from the crew and a quick launch brought the incident to a satisfactory conclusion."

Sea state was calm with a 2-3 knot wind and visibility was good.

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