Hartlepool RNLI volunteers called to help stricken crewman on tanker

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VOLUNTEER lifeboat members were called to a tanker off the coast of Hartlepool after a member of crew complained of abdominal pain.

Hartlepool RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat received a request from HM Humber Coastguard at 10.20am on Monday to go to the 430ft tanker, which was on passage from Teesport to Gdansk, and had anchored 1.5 miles east of the Heugh.

Hartlepool RNLI coxwain, Robbie Maiden said: “We positioned alongside the tanker and the injured crewman and his belongings were transferred onto the lifeboat.

“We quickly returned to Hartlepool lifeboat station and released the seaman to the waiting ambulance crew.

“The injured crewman was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”

The lifeboat was ready for service at 12.05pm.