RNLI crews have been called out after a whale became entagled in rope off the Hartlepool coast.
Following a request from Humber Coastguard at 9.15am today, Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Solihull' and volunteer crew launched to monitor what was thought to be a Minke whale that was caught in rope at an area off Seaton Carew near Longscar Rocks.
The whale had earlier been spotted on the shoreline by a member of the public who had contacted the Coastguard.
Thankfully however, the whale managed to free itself.
Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Matt Blanchard said: "We carried out a search of the area but nothing was found. Hopefully the whale has since freed itself from the rope."
The RNLI crew were stood down by Humber Coastguard at 9.55am and returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where the inshore lifeboat was made ready for service by 10.20am.