EMERGENCY services have been recognised by civic leaders for the part they played in saving a young man’s life.

Last summer, Hartlepool Lifeboat Station crew members risked their own lives and with support from HM Coastguard rescued Peterlee teenager Neil Robson, who was trapped in quicksand in a freak incident at Seaton Carew.

The lifesavers hit the headlines again late last year when they landed the Daybreak Emergency Services Award at the Pride of Britain Awards ceremony in London.

And the lifesavers were once again given centre stage when they were invited to Hartlepool Council’s chairman’s parlour to receive a further award.

Council chairman Stephen Akers-Belcher presented the Hartlepool Lifeboat Station and HM Coastguard with a Pride in Hartlepool award and congratulated them on their rescue.

He said: “Your efforts in saving a young man’s life were quite remarkable and you deserve every bit of recognition you have received.”

Mike Craddy, lifeboat operations manager of Hartlepool RNLI, added: “As lifeboat volunteers we do the job because this is what we enjoy, want to do and are trained for, to receive this award is a boost for everyone at Hartlepool lifeboat station and is most appreciated.”

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