Adult helps young swimmers after they are swept out to sea off Hartlepool coast

Young swimmers were helped back to shore by an adult after reportedly being swept out to sea.

By Gavin Ledwith
Monday, 21st June 2021, 12:17 pm

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Humber Coastguard paged Hartlepool RNLI at 6.20pm on Sunday, June 20, to reports of three young swimmers who were reportedly being swept out to sea by the rip current near Steetley Pier, at Hartlepool, and were being assisted by an adult who had swam out.”

Two lifeboats were launched and the spokesperson added: “Shortly before the boats arrived at the scene of the incident, the casualties managed to make their way back to the beach where Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team were ready to check the casualties before handing them over to an ambulance from the North East Ambulance Service.”

RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said: “Never underestimate the power of the strong rip currents that can easily drag a person out to sea from the shallows of the shoreline similar to today's incident.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew pictured at the scene of the incident.

"We hope the people involved make a full recovery from their ordeal.”

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