Rescue operation to find swimmer missing off coast of Hartlepool carries on into the night

Emergency services are continuing to search for a swimmer who has been missing off the coast of Hartlepool for more than four hours.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 8:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2021, 10:24 pm

Coastguard search teams and volunteer crews with the RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats are involved in the operation.

The Coastguard helicopter has also been called in.

The search is concentrated in the area around Steetley Pier.

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A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said tonight: “At approximately 6.15pm today, Thursday, July 15, HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public concerned about a person in the water off Steetley Pier in Hartlepool

"Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI lifeboats were sent, alongside the search and rescue helicopter from Humberside and Cleveland Police, to conduct a search.

"The search is ongoing.”

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The Coastguard helicopter over Hartlepool this evening. Pic: Andre Russell
The Coastguard helicopter over Hartlepool this evening. Pic: Andre Russell