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Two rescued from pier by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 1.35pm on Thursday 15th June to assist a 5 metre pleasure boat with two people on board that had suffered mechanical failure off Steetley Pier, Hartlepool.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' heading out to sea to deal with the incident.

The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and four volunteer crewmembers were launched at 1.55pm and were alongside the vessel a few minutes later.
A crewmember was placed aboard the boat and it was then taken undertow to Hartlepool Marina.
Sea state at the time was slight with an east north-easterly wind.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer helm Mark Barker said 'The boat was actually under the pier when we arrived and towing conditions were difficult but it was good to get the boat and the two people back to the marina safely where the local Coastguard team were waiting to assist us.'
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat Station at 3.20pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 3.40pm.

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

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