Five Rescued as Yacht Crashes into Rocks off Hartlepool Coast

Five people were rescued after a 10-meter yacht crashed into rocks off Hartlepool's coast due to engine failure. The Hartlepool RNLI, Coastguard, and North East Ambulance Service responded, treating and discharging all five individuals at the scene.

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Five Rescued as Yacht Crashes into Rocks off Hartlepool Coast

Five Rescued as Yacht Crashes into Rocks off Hartlepool Coast

five, people were rescued on Saturday afternoon after a 10-meter yacht crashed into rocks off the coast of Hartlepool, resulting in the rescue of five people on board. The yacht suffered engine failure and ran aground near Newburn Bridge during rough sea conditions with a force 6 easterly-south easterly wind.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the importance of maritime safety and the need for vessels to be prepared for adverse weather conditions. It also underscores the critical role of emergency responders, such as the RNLI and Coastguard, in saving lives in coastal areas.

The Hartlepool RNLI was paged by Humber Coastguard at 5:20 pm to respond to the incident. Both the inshore lifeboat Solihull and all-weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch launched at 5:38 pm and arrived on the scene within minutes. The five people on board the yacht managed to make their way to the shoreline, where they were attended to by the local Coastguard team and paramedics.

Matt Blanchard, Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat helm, said: "With the occupants of the yacht safely ashore and the yacht partially submerged and not recoverable, the lifeboats returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station. Always check the weather forecast and sea conditions before you set off and be prepared to change your plans or cancel the trip if the forecast is unfavourable."

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) received the call at 17:43 BST and dispatched a clinical team leader, one crew from the Hazardous Area Response Team, and a double-crewed ambulance to the scene near Trident Close. An NEAS spokesperson confirmed that all five patients were treated and discharged at the scene, with no serious injuries reported.

prompting a successful rescue operation involving the coordinated efforts of the HM Coastguard, Hartlepool RNLI, and the North East Ambulance Service. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of checking weather forecasts and sea conditions before embarking on maritime activities, especially during periods of rough weather. Fortunately, all five individuals on board the yacht were brought to safety without sustaining serious injuries.

Key Takeaways

  • 5 people rescued after 10m yacht crashes into rocks off Hartlepool coast.
  • Yacht suffered engine failure in rough sea conditions with 6-force wind.
  • Hartlepool RNLI and Coastguard responded to incident, saving all on board.
  • All 5 people treated and discharged at scene with no serious injuries.
  • Incident highlights importance of checking weather forecasts before sailing.