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Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat tasked to people in the water from upturned dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI's inshore lifeboat was paged at 1.08 today (Saturday 22 April) to reports of two people in the water from a capsized dinghy.

The volunteer crew launched at 1.15pm and was on scene at 1.20pm, where one person was recovered from the water by the lifeboat crew. The other casualty was recovered from the beach by a Coastguard team.

First aid was administered to the casualty in the lifeboat as it returned to the lifeboat station at for 1.25pm, where the casualty was handed over to awaiting paramedics.

On Sunday morning (22 April) the crew received the good news the casualty they recovered from the water had been released from hospital.

Hartlepool RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Glenys Thompson said: 'A quick response from the volunteer crew meant that we were able to get to the casualty quickly and brought the incident to a successful conclusion.'

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The attached picture shows the lifeboat crew handing over casualty to paramedics. Pic credit Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

The attached video shows Hartlepool RNLI recovering the man from the water. Credit RNLI/Hartlepool

The lifeboat crew handing over casualty to paramedics

Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

The lifeboat crew handing over casualty to paramedics

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