Fishing boat rescued off Hartlepool coast following mechanical failure

The fishing boat is towed to shore by the RNLI.
The fishing boat is towed to shore by the RNLI.

A pleasure fishing boat had to be towed to shore after it suffered mechanical failure off the Hartlepool coast.

The 18 foot pleasure fishing boat asked HM Humber Coastguard for assistance after it suffered mechanical failure 2.5 miles off Seaton Carew on Wednesday night.

HM Coastguard requested the assistance of Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at 8.10pm.

Hartlepool RNLI’s Atlantic 85 was launched by its volunteer crew at 8.21pn and was on scene at 8.29pm.

Hartlepool RNLI’s volunteer Helmsman, Ken Hay, said: "When we arrived on scene the fishing boat, with two adult males and 1one youth onboard, was at anchor.

"The youth was feeling a bit sickly so we transferred him to the inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew member, Rob Archer, went aboard the stricken vessel to help negotiate its safe passage into Hartlepool Marina.

"We quickly attached a towline onto the bow of the fishing boat and towed it into the safety of Hartlepool Marina arriving there at 9.00pm.

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s operations manager said: "We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is that vessels and equipment are maintained well before going to sea."

Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 9.12pm.