Emergency teams called out to rescue overboard fisherman three miles off Hartlepool coast
Emergency teams have responded to a rescue call-out for an overboard fisherman, who had become separated from his boat three miles off the Hartlepool coast.
Both of Hartlepool Royal National Lifeboat Institution‘s (RNLI) two lifeboats were launched at 2.43am on Sunday, June 6, by the Humber Coastguard in response to a report of a man overboard from a 10-metre fishing vessel.
The crews had reached the fishing boat by 3.00am, where in the meantime the fisherman had been recovered back to the fishing boat by its skipper.
A crew member from the all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat then came aboard to assess the casualty.
The fishing boat was guided back to the Fish Quay at the headland, where the Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and an ambulance were waiting.
“Due to the quick reaction and professionalism of the boat's skipper the crewman was recovered back to the fishing boat,” said Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain, Robbie Maiden.
"I'm glad to say the crewman is now safely on his way to hospital. I would also like to say thank you to my volunteer crew for responding quickly to this call out which could have had a very different outcome.
“This was our fifth call out in a matter of days and once again the commitment from the crew was outstanding.”
The lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 4.00am, were re-fuelled and then made ready for service by 4.30am.
According to the Hartlepool RNLI, the sea was calm at this time.