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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to assist swimmer.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 8.16am on Saturday 10th September to assist a swimmer in difficulty at Seaton Carew.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat pictured at sea recently.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ launched with 4 volunteer crew at 8.25am and was on scene a few minutes later where it was discovered that the swimmer had already been recovered to the shoreline

Inshore lifeboat helm Darren Killick said “Conditions were very difficult with a 2-3 metre swell but we could see the casualty was already on the beach and we could also see police and an ambulance in attendance and it was at that point we were stood down by the Coastguard and returned to the boathouse.”

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 8.45am where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 9.15am.

Sea state was moderate with an east northerly 15 knot wind.

Hartlepool RNLI would like to pass on there condolences to the friends and family of the casualty.

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