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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat launched to assist capsized dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.49pm on Saturday 5th August by Humber Coastguard to assist two people whose 2 metre dinghy had capsized close to the shore between the Pilot Pier and the Heugh Pier at the Headland, Hartlepool.

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Hartlepool RNLI crew recover one of the dinghy's oars from the sea.
The two occupants of the dinghy were able to make there own way ashore where they were met by two ambulances and the local Coastguard team.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 1.58pm and were on scene shortly afterwards where the crew recovered two of the dinghy's oars from the sea and then returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 2.20pm where the boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30pm.
Sea state was slight with good visibility and a 13-23 knot wind.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer helm Matt Blanchard who attended the incident said "Luckily the occupants of the dinghy were able to make there way ashore.
We hope they make a full recovery after their ordeal."

For further information contact Hartlepool RNLI press officer Tom Collins. [email protected]

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The dinghy that capsised with two people aboard pictured after being dragged onto rocks.

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