RNLI rescue off Hartlepool coast as boat breaks down with four people on board

A fishing boat with four people on board was brought to safety after it broke down near the Hartlepool coast.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 5:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th March 2021, 5:28 pm

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members were paged at 10.50am on Saturday, March 13 after a fishing boat with four people on board got stuck at sea.

The eight-metre vessel suffered a mechanical failure four miles north east of Hartlepool and had to be towed to safety.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said: “Despite the windy conditions it was a straightforward tow job, which the crew train for on a regular basis.

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The fishing boat was towed back to safety. Picture: RNLI/Tom Collins

“It was good to bring the fishing boat and its occupants safely back to Hartlepool.”

A tow line was attached and the vessel was towed to Kafiga Landings at the Headland, where a local Coastguard team were waiting to assist.

Hartlepool has experienced a spate of windy weather in recent days. Met Office forecast for the week ahead predicts a brighter start with a drop in wind and a few showers.

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