Hartlepool RNLI recover casualty from County Durham beach

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.19am on Monday 27th June by Humber Coastguard to assist coastguard, police and the fire brigade to recover an injured person from the beach at Easington Colliery, County Durham.

RNLI/Tom Collins

The scene at Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station in the early hours of Monday morning.

The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched at 1.37am and was then followed by the all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' which launched at 1.41am.

The inshore lifeboat was on scene at 1.50am and the all weather lifeboat arrived on scene at 1.55am. The inshore lifeboat crew recovered the injured person and a HART team member from the beach and transferred them to the all weather lifeboat which returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.30am where paramedics were waiting to deal with the casualty who was then taken to hospital.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said ‘A quick response from our volunteer crewmembers who train regularly for incidents such as this and good team work with the coastguard, fire brigade and police brought the incident to a safe ending. We hope the casualty makes a quick recovery.”

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said “Great teamwork from my volunteer crew working alongside the other agencies quickly brought the incident to a safe conclusion and on behalf of all the crew here we hope the casualty makes a quick recovery”.

Both boats were refuelled and made ready for service at 3.00am.

Sea state was moderate with a southerly 3 knot wind.

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