Emergency call as jet skiers capsize off Hartlepool

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VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew members were alerted to a pair of capsized jet skiers after a member of the public heard shouts from the water.

The man and boy were in the water 150 yards off Hartlepool Yacht Club at the weekend after the jet ski they were on had capsized.

HM Coastguard requested the help of Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at 7.15pm on Saturday, July 27 after being contacted by a passing member of the public.

Volunteer crew member, Andy Johnson, said: “By the time we arrived on scene the man and boy had struggled to the shore and had been helped from the water by a member of the public.

“We checked the man and boy over and an ambulance was called because they had swallowed a lot of water and the man had suffered a hand injury.

“They were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for observation.

“We recovered the overturned jet ski and made our way back to the lifeboat station.”

Officials say the inshore lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 7.55pm.