One man and his dog rescued by Hartlepool's RNLI crew after boat breaks down out at sea

A boat’s skipper and his dog were rescued by Hartlepool’s RNLI after their boat broke down while out at sea.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 7:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 7:33 am

The volunteer crew was paged at 7.10pm on Tuesday, April 20, assist an 8 metre power boat which had Stuart Lawson and his dog Jinx on board.

The craft suffered had mechanical failure while it was off Crimdon on the East Durham coast.

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Stuart Lawson with his dog Jinx and Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat crew, from left to right, Colm Simpson, Jordan Craddy, Darren Killick and Tim Boagey. Photo by RNLI/Tom Collins.

The inshore lifeboat Solihull launched at 7.24pm and was alongside the casualty vessel at 7.31pm, when it was then taken under tow to Hartlepool Marina.

Mr Lawson said: “The lads did a fantastic job and I'm very grateful.”

Inshore lifeboat helm Darren Killick added: “Once again this was a straight forward tow which is something we train to do on a regular basis and it was good to help Stuart and his dog Jinx return to the marina safely.”

The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 8.45pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 9pm.

Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat Solihull pictured towing the casualty vessel. Photo by RNLI/Tom Collins.

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