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Motor cruiser towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 11.38am on Tuesday 14th June by Humber Coastguard to assist a 45ft motor cruiser with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure approximately 15 miles off Hartlepool.

RNLI/Peter Tkaczyk

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat pictured towing the motor cruiser into Hartlepool Marina.

The all weather lifeboat ‘Betty Huntbatch’ and volunteer crew launched at 11.55am and were alongside the casualty vessel at 12.40pm where a towline was attached and the vessel towed back to Hartlepool Marina.

The all weather lifeboat then returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was refuelled and made ready for service at 4.00pm.

Deputy launch authority Steve Pounder said “This was a straightforward tow job for the volunteer crew and it was good to see the motor cruiser brought back safely to Hartlepool Marina where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist us.

The sea state was described as calm with a north westerly 5 knot wind.

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