Hartlepool’s lifeboats rescued 69 people

BUSY YEAR: Hartlepool's all-weather lifeboat was launched 18 times in 2014 and the smaller inshore lifeboat went out 28 times
BUSY YEAR: Hartlepool's all-weather lifeboat was launched 18 times in 2014 and the smaller inshore lifeboat went out 28 times

HARTLEPOOL’S heroes of the sea rescued 69 people during a busy year.

The town’s lifeboats went out in all weathers a total of 46 times in 2014.

It comes as the RNLI launches its Respect The Water campaign.

More than a third of RNLI rescues nationally last year were to pleasure crafts with machinery failure the most common cause.

People in danger of drowning the second most common cause followed by getting cut off by the tide.

Tony Clare, RNLI Coastal Incident Reduction Manager, said: “Some very basic precautions can keep people safe on and by the sea which, by its very nature, is unpredictable and can catch out even experienced water users.

“Checking a boat’s engine and fuel before setting out to sea could prevent the cause of our most common rescue, machinery failure.

“Making sure you know the tide times before going for a walk along the coast can be the difference between an enjoyable day out and getting cut off by the tide.”

Other advice is to avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather, and,if you visit the beach in the summer make sure it is one which has lifeguards.

For more information Respect The Water campaign go to www.rnli.org.uk/safety