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Yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 11.37am on Saturday 27th May by Humber Coastguard to assist a 20ft yacht with one person on board that had suffered mechanical failure off the Heugh Breakwater at the Headland Hartlepool.

RNLI/Jordan Craddy

The yacht under tow back to Hartlepool.

The all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' was launched at 11.50am and was alongside the casualty vessel a few minutes later. A crewmember was placed aboard the vessel and it was then taken under tow to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, Hartlepool where it was met by the local Coastguard team.

The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 12.30pm and was made ready for service by 12.50pm. Assistant coxswain Ken Hay said "It was a straight forward tow job which we train for on a regular basis."

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