Hartlepool RNLI assist yacht that had ran aground.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 8.30pm on Tuesday 29th March by Humber Coastguard to assist 2 people on a 6 metre yacht that had run aground near the entrance to Hartlepool Marina.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers dealing with the the yacht that had run aground at the entrance to Hartlepool Marina on Tuesday evening.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 8.46pm and was on scene shortly afterwards.

Due to the low tide the inshore lifeboat was unable to reach the casualty vessel.

The all weather lifeboat was then launched and once on scene launched a smaller inflatable lifeboat with two crew aboard who then went alongside the casualty vessel where one of the crew boarded it and deployed the yachts anchor.

Both lifeboats then returned to the boathouse until the tide was high enough to recover the yacht.

Later in the evening the yacht eventually sailed into the marina under its own power accompanied by the inshore lifeboat.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 1.00am.

Station mechanic and deputy second coxswain Garry Waugh said "Great teamwork from the volunteer crew brought the incident to a safe conclusion and it was also good to work alongside the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue team to see the yacht and its two crew safely moored at the marina."

Sea state was described as slight with a north north-east two knot wind.

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