Donate now

Yacht with two people on board towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.48pm on Sunday 15 May to assist a yacht with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure near the entrance to Hartlepool Marina.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Yacht with two people on board being aided
The inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew launched at 1.00pm and were alongside the yacht a few minutes later.

The situation was assessed and it was decided that the safest option was to establish a tow.

It was towed to a berth at Hartlepool Marina where the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue team were waiting to assist with mooring the yacht.

Inshore lifeboat helm Mark Barker said: 'The windy conditions made the tow slightly difficult but once we got underway it was pretty straight forward and a little help from the Coastguard team mooring the boat brought the incident to a safe conclusion.'

Sea state was slight with a 1.5 metre swell with a 3 knot east to south easterly wind.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 2.00pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.20pm.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact Tom Collins, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.