Hartlepool's RNLI Lifeboats launched to rescue yacht and its two crew

Both of Hartlepool’s RNLI Lifeboats were launched to help rescue a 31ft yacht after it broke down with two people on board.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 9:14 am
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 9:31 am

The call from the Coastguard was made to the volunteers at around 3pm yesterday, Sunday, May 16, after the boat suffered a mechanical failure around a mile off Hartlepool

The charity launched its all weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch, which launched at 3.30pm, followed by the inshore lifeboat Solihull, to assist with berthing the vessel.

Both boats were alongside the casualty vessel within five minutes, where a tow was attached from the all weather lifeboat.

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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats pictured with the yacht which suffered mechanical failure. Credit: RNLI/Tom Collins.
Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats pictured with the yacht which suffered mechanical failure. Credit: RNLI/Tom Collins.

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A crewmember from the inshore lifeboat was placed aboard the yacht and the yacht was then towed to the Fish Quay at the Headland, Hartlepool.

The Lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 4.30pm.

Hartlepool RNLI deputy launch authority Steve Pounder added: “The volunteer crew train for incidents like this on a regular basis.

"The weather conditions necessitated both boats which brought the incident to a safe conclusion.”

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