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Five saved as Hartlepool lifeboat tows boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 3.22pm on Sunday 25th June by Humber Coastguard to assist a 4 metre pleasure vessel with 5 people on board that was in difficulty alongside the nearby Middleton Pier and had also lost its engine.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat with the casualty vessel opposite Middleton Pier.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 3.42pm and was alongside the vessel within a couple of minutes where
a crew member was placed aboard and secured a tow line.

The vessel was then towed to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool where they were met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team.
Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat operations manager Chris Hornsey said "Its essential that boat owners wear lifejackets and carry a vhf radio.
Luckily our inshore lifeboat was on scene quickly and towed the boat away before the boat was swamped or hit the pier".
Inshore lifeboat helm Ken Hay said "Good teamwork from my crew in difficult conditions brought the incident to a satisfactory and safe conclusion".

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 4.05pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 4.25pm

Sea state was slight with an easterly south-east wind.

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

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat with the casualty vessel opposite Middleton Pier.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat with the casualty vessel opposite Middleton Pier.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat on its way to deal with the casualty vessel opposite Middleton Pier.

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