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Hartlepool's new 2nd Coxwain helps rescue yacht and fishing boat in first afternoon on duty
A NEWLY qualified lifeboat 2nd coxwain had a busy first weekend at Hartlepool RNLI.
Matt Adams, who recently qualified as Hartlepool RNLI’s 2nd Coxwain, passed his qualifying exam on Thursday night and took charge of Hartlepool RNLI’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch, on Saturday afternoon.
The lifeboat was called out twice in the afternoon, with a request to help a 30-ft pleasure fishing boat with three people on board, then a call from a yacht in trouble while heading to Hartlepool Marina.
The pleasure fishing boat was 11 miles off the coast of Hartlepool and suffered a power failure.
The lifeboat attached a line to the stricken boat and towed it to the safety of Hartlepool Marina.
The yacht in trouble had two people on board who had been out for a day’s sailing, but were unable to start the engines to navigate into the Marina.
A Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember boarded the yacht and attached a towline to the bow and it was towed safely into Hartlepool Marina arriving at 6.30 pm.
The lifeboat returned to station and was once again ready for service at 7pm.
Mr Adams said: "It was a busy day for my first time as coxwain but thankfully both were routine jobs and all went well."
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