Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 6.24pm on Sunday, October 10, by Humber Coastguard to assist a 25ft yacht with four people on board that had suffered mechanical failure approximately half a mile off Hartlepool Marina.
The inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’ with four volunteer crew members on board launched at 6.37pm and was alongside the casualty vessel a few minutes later where it was taken under tow to a berth at Hartlepool Marina.
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The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 7.15pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 7.30pm.
Inshore lifeboat helm Ken Hay said: “It was a straight forward tow which is something we train for on a regular basis but it was good to bring the boat and it’s occupants safely back.”
Sea conditions were described as slight with a westerly wind.