Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat launched to search for emergency beacon
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.
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.'
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