Broken-down yacht towed to safety by Hartlepool RNLI

Hartlepool RNLI's all weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch tows the yacht to Hartlepool Kafiga Landings.
Hartlepool RNLI's all weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch tows the yacht to Hartlepool Kafiga Landings.

A broken-down yacht has been towed to safety by volunteers from Hartlepool RNLI.

The 31-foot vessel had suffered a power failure on late Wednesda afternoon six miles from Hartlepool, off Horden.

Crew members responded to a call from HM Coastguard, at 5.14pm, and launched the station’s all weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch seven minutes later. They were on the scene at 5.50pm.

The yacht, with two male adults on board, had suffered battery failure and was unable to start the engines.

She had been on passage from the River Tyne to Hartlepool and was towed to the safety of Kafiga Landings on Hartlepool Fish Quay.

The lifeboat was back at the station and ready for service at 7.15pm.

Hartlepool RNLI operations manager Mike Craddy said: “Our volunteer crew members train on a weekly basis to be able to respond to distress calls like this and help save lives at sea.”