Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 2.03pm on Monday 26th September to assist a crew transfer vessel off Blackhall that had put out a Mayday call after a seaman had fallen from a ship into the sea whilst being transferred to the transfer vessel.
The RNLI all weather lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 2.13pm and was alongside the transfer vessel 10 minutes later to find that the crew of the transfer vessel had already recovered the seaman from the water and were administering casualty care.
The lifeboat followed the transfer vessel into the Hartlepool channel where the sea was calmer and placed two volunteer crewmembers aboard where they assisted with casualty care.
On arrival at Hartlepool lifeboat station awaiting paramedics and air ambulance paramedics dealt with the casualty who was later taken to hospital.
Sea state was described as moderate with a 3 metre swell with a 12 knot north westerly wind.
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said "Once again a quick response from the volunteer crew meant we were heading out to sea in a matter of minutes and working alongside the other agencies involved is something we train for on a regular basis".
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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.