Lifeboat crew come to aid of stricken fishing boat stranded at sea near Hartlepool pier


A lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a stricken fishing boat stranded at sea near to a Hartlepool pier.

Hartlepool’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew came to the aid of the fishing boat after it suffered a mechanical failure near to Steetley Pier.

The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch, was launched at 12.16pm and was on scene less than 10 minutes later.

The vessel was located just south of Steetley Pier and Hartlepool RNLI’s volunteer crewmembers quickly had the boat, wghich had two people on board, under tow.

The pleasure fishing boat was towed to the safety of Kafiga Landings at Hartlepool Fish Quay. The All weather lifeboat departed the scene at 1.05pm and was back on station and ready for service at 1.15pm.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxwain, Robbie Maiden said “This was the sort of job that our volunteer crewmembers train regularly for so they are able to help save lives at sea.”

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI’s Operations Manager added: “it is important that maintenance of boats is carried out regularly and that all equipment and fuel levels are checked prior to going to sea.”