Fishing boat lost in fog

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew members were called to help a fishing boat lost in fog near Hartlepool.

Hartlepool RNLI’s all weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch, assisted a 28-foot fishing boat after the skipper could not find the entrance to Hartlepool Marina because of dense fog.

The skipper rang his friend in Hartlepool and asked him to call at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station to get RNLI volunteer crew members to help him get into Hartlepool Marina.

Hartlepool RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched at 1.50pm on Thursday and found the fishing boat 400 yards from the lifeboat station, tied to a red buoy, at the entrance to the channel leading to the Deep Water berth.

The boat had travelled from Sunderland.

Gary Waugh, a mechanic at Hartlepool RNLI, said: “This must be the shortest distance we have ever travelled to a rescue but we train for every eventuality and treat each call for help just the same.

“We escorted the fishing boat to Hartlepool Marina and the all weather lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 2.20pm.”