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Hartlepool RNLI recover boat from rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool Rnli volunteers were paged on Saturday 9th September at 5.14pm to assist an 8 metre cruiser with three people aboard that had suffered mechanical failure and ran aground on Longscar Rocks at Seaton Carew.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat alongside the vessel that had ran aground on Longscar Rocks.
The inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' launched with four volunteer crewmembers at 5.37pm and were alongside the casualty vessel a few minutes later where a towline was attached and the vessel was very carefully recovered from the rocks.

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Matt Adams said "On what could have been a potentially difficult and dangerous service, good work from my crew meant that we were able to remove the boat from the rocks safely and quickly as the tide was falling and then take it under tow to Hartlepool Marina".

A Hartlepool Coastguard team were waiting at the Marina to help deal with the casualty vessel.

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.10pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 6.30pm.
The sea state was calm with a 2-3 knot north easterly wind.

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