RNLI crews called out twice

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VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew members were called after a 30ft yacht suffered mechanical failure.

Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 2pm on Sunday, June 2, after reports that a 30ft yacht had suffered mechanical failure just off the Heugh.

A rope was attached and the yacht was towed into Hartlepool Marina at 2.25pm.

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager said: “The yacht, with five people on board, was out in Hartlepool Bay enjoying the good weather when it suffered mechanical failure. It was towed safely into Hartlepool Marina.

“It is important that maintenance of boats is carried out regularly and that all equipment is checked prior to going to sea.”

Meanwhile, as previously reported crews were also called out on Saturday, June 1 at 3.45pm.

HM coastguard requested the launch of Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat after a member of the public reported two men were thought to be in difficulty while swimming in Hartlepool Marina, near to the Old West Quay pub.

Mr Craddy added: “Just as we were launching we were stood down as it appeared that the youths were not in danger and had been spoken to by a police officer.”