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Hartlepool lifeboats book released

Lifeboats News Release

A book documenting the heroic exploits of local volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeboat station history has just been released.

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Hartlepool RNLI chairman Malcolm Cook pictured with a copy of the book.
Local author Malcom Cook who is the chairman of Hartlepool RNLI has spent several years compiling 'Hartlepool Lifeboats' that tells the story of Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Seaton Carew lifeboat station's.

Malcolm who was born on the Headland at Hartlepool said: 'As we have one of the oldest lifeboat stations on the east coast I thought it was about time I told the story of some of the heroic rescues that the volunteer crewmembers have taken part in over the years such as the crew of the Princess Royal lifeboat who were awarded a Gold Medal by the institution for a rescue in 1942 and more recently a rescue on Seaton Carew beach that lead to the station winning a 'Pride of Britain' award.

'Just by buying the book will help save lives at sea as the proceeds will be donated to the RNLI.'

Copies of the book which cost £15 can be ordered from Malcolm on 0798 603 2151 or they will be on sale at the RNLI stall opposite the Jacksons Wharf pub during the Tall Ships event.

For more info contact Hartlepool RNLI Press officer Tom Collins. [email protected]

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Hartlepool RNLI chairman Malcolm Cook pictured with a copy of the book.

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