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