Fisherman rescued by RNLI

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AN ANGLER was rescued by a lifeboat crew when his boat broke down off Hartlepool.

Hartlepool RNLI’s (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of the lone angler who had radioed for help when his pleasure fishing boat lost power just north of the Heugh breakwater.

HM Coastguard received a radio message from the stricken man and sent the town’s RNLI inshore vessel to help at 11.40am yesterday.

The 24ft-vessel was attached to the lifeboat and towed to the safety of Kafiga Landings at Hartlepool docks.

Gary Waugh, mechanic at Hartlepool RNLI station, said: “This is the sort of rescue our volunteer crew members train week in and week out to be able to perform.

“We are pleased the rescue was completed successfully and the fisherman was returned to port safe and well.”

Claire Gibbin, of the town’s RNLI, said: “The gentleman on board said he wouldn’t normally go out alone but had just taken the vessel out to charge the batteries.”