A boat's skipper was left with a hook embedded in his hand after a fishing accident out at sea.
Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team were called at 2.15pm yesterday when its staff and members of the town's RNLI were asked to escort a vessel back into port from 2 miles off the coast.
It followed an incident where the skipper on board the 10 metre-long angling boat had an accident, leaving a hook stuck in his hand, and needed urgent medical attention.
The RNLI launched its all weather lifeboat and two of its crew were placed on the fishing vessel to assess the injury.
Its officers said despite his injury, he was able to take the boat back to the Kafiga Landings at the Headland, with an escort from the RNLI.
The injured man went to the University Hospital of Hartlepool where the hook was removed and the wound was treated.
Hartlepool RNLI deputy launch authority Ray Walker said: "The skipper of the angling boat did the right thing by asking for our assistance before the injury worsened.
"A quick response from our volunteer crew members ensured that the incident was dealt with promptly and safely."
The volunteers were back at the Ferry Road lifeboat station by 3pm.
A spokesman for the Coastguard team said: "Once the casualty was ashore he decided he wanted to make his own way to the hospital and we were free to stand down."
The angling vessel had been carrying 10 people on its trip out to sea.