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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat launched to search for emergency beacon

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 6.55pm on Tuesday 8th August by Humber Coastguard to investigate a personal locator beacon that had been activated in the 'Paddy's Hole' area near Redcar on the River Tees.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat returning from the call out to Paddy's Hole at Redcar on Tuesday evening.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and four volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 7.16pm and were on scene at 7.23pm where a search took place using the lifeboats direction finding equipment to locate the beacon.

Inshore lifeboat helm Ken Hay said 'The beacon was eventually located inland at the site but we initially had to take the incident seriously as it may have been someone in trouble at sea, but a quick response from ourselves and the local Coastguard team meant that the incident was brought to a safe and satisfactory end.'
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 8.00pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 8.20pm.
Sea state was slight with a 16 knot south westerly wind.

For more information please contact Tom Collins, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at: [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641 or, [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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