Hartlepool RNLI search sea off Blackhall Point after reports of paraglider landing in water

Reports of a paraglider landing in the sea at Blackhall Point leads to thorough investigation including lifeboat launch and helicopter search.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 5:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:25 am
Lifeboat launch and helicopter search after paraglider is reporter landing in the sea. Picture: Hartlepool RNLI
Lifeboat launch and helicopter search after paraglider is reporter landing in the sea. Picture: Hartlepool RNLI

On Tuesday, November 26 at 12.53pm, Hartlepool RNLI were paged by Humber Coastguard following a report of a paraglider that had landed in the sea off Blackhall Point in County Durham.

The inshore and all weather lifeboat was launched, with volunteer crews at 12.15pm.

They were on scene shortly after and began a search of the area. A Coastguard search and rescue helicopter also joined the search.

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Despite a thorough search of the area nothing was found and the lifeboats and helicopter stood down at 3.35pm.

Ilb helm Clare Barber said: “This was the sort of job we train for on a regular basis and it was good to see the lifeboat crew members working together well in deteriorating conditions.”

Both boats were refuelled and made ready for service by 4.10pm.