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Early morning rescue by Hartlepool RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 3.15am on Friday 30th September to assist a male trapped on rocks at the shoreline near the end of the Banjo Pier at Middleton, Hartlepool.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station.

The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and four crewmembers launched at 3.26am and were immediately on scene to deal with the incident.

With the assistance of the local Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue team the ILB crew recovered the casualty to the inshore lifeboat and brought him back to the lifeboat station to an awaiting ambulance.

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Matt Blanchard said "Working with the Coastguard team we brought the incident to a satisfactory end and we hope the casualty makes a quick recovery following his ordeal."

The inshore lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 4.00am.

The weather was described as foggy with a calm sea and 3 knot south south- westerly wind.


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