Tanker rescue drama

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A CREW member of a tanker was rushed to hospital after suffering deep cuts to his fingers.

Hartlepool’s all-weather lifeboat was launched to bring a 30-year-old man from the Dutch tanker, Prins Hendrik, ashore to an awaiting ambulance.

The 450ft-long gas tanker was 50 miles off the coast of Teesport when the lifeboat was sent to meet the vessel.

The man arrived on shore with bandages on his hand and was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said it was not known how the man’s injuries had been caused.

The lifeboat was launched at 9.20pm on Saturday and reached Teesport just before 10pm.