A SPEEDBOAT carrying four people had to be towed back into Hartlepool after breaking down.
The Hartlepool RNLI received reports of The Black Bullet speedboat being stranded off the coast at the Heugh Battery at around 5.50pm yesterday.
It came after the Hartlepool coastguard were called after a town vessel was stranded off the coast of Staithes, in North Yorkshire.
The boat, called Catch a Dream, was carrying two people and was towed back into Hartlepool at around 4.45pm.
No-one was injured in either incident.