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Skipper with fish hook embedded in hand assisted by Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 27 August at 1.40pm Humber Coastguard paged Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and volunteer crew to attend a 10 metre angling boat with 10 people on board that was approx two miles off Hartlepool where the skipper of the vessel had a fishing hook embedded in his hand.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI All weather lifeboat alongside the boat where the skipper had a fishing hook embedded in his hand.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 2.00pm and was alongside the vessel shortly after launching.

Two crew were placed aboard the angling boat where they assessed the injury to the skipper who was then able to bring the boat back to Kafiga Landings at the Headland escorted by the all-weather lifeboat.

The skipper of the boat was then transferred to Hartlepool General Hospital where the hook was removed.

Hartlepool RNLI deputy launch authority Ray Walker said: 'The skipper of the angling boat did the right thing by asking for our assistance before the injury worsened.

'A quick response from our volunteer crew members ensured that the incident was dealt with promptly and safely'.

The RNLI all weather lifeboat returned to its berth at the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was made ready for service by 3.00pm.

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