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Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat tows boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Three people on board a small motor boat were towed to safety after their boat suffered mechanical failure off Hartlepool.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat with the casualty vessel at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway near Hartlepool Marina

The Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 5.50pm on Sunday 30th July to attend a 17ft motor boat that had suffered mechanical failure approximately half a mile off the Heugh breakwater at Hartlepool.

The all-weather lifeboat launched at 6.05pm and was alongside the casualty at 6.15pm where the vessel was taken under tow to the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway near Hartlepool Marina where awaiting volunteer RNLI crew members and UK Coastguards placed the vessel on its trailer and was then towed ashore.

The all-weather RNLI lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was made ready for service by 7.15pm

Pic caption: Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat with the casualty vessel at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway near Hartlepool Marina.

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