Civic chiefs hit waves

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CIVIC leaders experienced life at sea when they paid a visit to Hartlepool RNLI.

Hartlepool Borough Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher and ceremonial mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher popped into the lifeboat station in Ferry Road, Hartlepool, to learn more about the work that the volunteering lifesavers do.

The pair enjoyed a tour of the station before heading out into the North Sea on one of the lifeboats.

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “It was a pleasure to have a tour of the station.

“I absolutely loved the experience and thankfully the sea was calm, but we got a real sense of the amount of work the volunteers have to do.”

The visit followed a presentation earlier this year when emergency services were recognised with a Pride in Hartlepool award for the part they played in saving a young man’s life.

Hartlepool Lifeboat Station crew members, with support from HM Coastguard, risked their own lives to rescue Neil Robson who was trapped in quicksand in a freak incident at Seaton Carew in 2011.

The lifesavers last year landed the Daybreak Emergency Services Award at the Pride of Britain Awards ceremony, in London, which was screened on national television.