RNLI volunteers in Hartlepool called out to one of their shortest ever rescues

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were called out to one of their shortest ever rescues distance-wise.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 10:18 pm

RNLI volunteers in Hartlepool were paged at 4.15pm on Thursday, May 13 by the Humber Coastguard to assist an eight-metre yacht that had suffered a mechanical failure.

Volunteers attached a tow line to the vessel, which had three people on board, and was taken to the nearby Kafiga Landings at the Headland where they were met by the Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team.

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Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew with the yacht opposite the Ferry Road lifeboat station. Photo: RNLI.
Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew with the yacht opposite the Ferry Road lifeboat station. Photo: RNLI.

Inshore lifeboat helm, Ken Hay said that the distance was not important, the main goal was to ensure the safety of everyone onboard the strictken vessel.

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He commented: “This was probably one of the shortest shouts in distance I have ever been involved with during my 21 years service with the RNLI but most importantly we returned the vessel and its occupants safely to a berth at Kafiga Landings.”

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