Stranded youth and dad rescued

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A TEENAGER and his father had to be rescued after becoming stranded on rocks.

HM Coastguard received a call from a member of the public who had seen a 16-year-old boy in a distressed state on rocks at Horden Point.

The youngster was stranded on rocks, by the incoming tide, eight miles north of Hartlepool.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members from Hartlepool RNLI responded to HM Coastguard’s call for assistance, on Tuesday at 2.41pm and launched shortly afterwards.

Hartlepool RNLI’s B-Class inshore lifeboat was approaching Horden Point when HM Coastguard radioed to say that the 16-year-old and his father had been rescued by police and to return to base.

Mark Barker, helm on Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, said: “We arrived at Horden Point and were assessing the conditions and sea state when HM Coastguard stood us down.

“We returned to Hartlepool and the lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 3.40pm.”

Gary Waugh, mechanic at Hartlepool RNLI station, said: “We are pleased the rescue was completed successfully and that the two people got back to shore unharmed.

“Our volunteer crewmembers were on hand if needed and train every week for emergencies like this so they can save lives at sea.”