Hartlepool RNLI has been praised for their fast response and quick sea rescue after a boat started taking on water off the coast at the Hartlepool Headland.
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The RNLI responded to reports of a boat in difficulty off the coast of Hartlepool this afternoon, two people were on board the boat when it suddenly took on water and began sinking.
The incident unfolded at 13.15 hours when two people on board fell overboard and members of the public began helping and alerting emergency services.
Another boat within the Headland area came to the aid of the sinking boat and attempted to rescue the two in the water, who at one point can be seen attempting to swim to safety.
While all of this is happening a second person jumps over the railings in an attempt to assist with the rescue.
Just before the RNLI arrived the boat can be seen sinking before disappearing under the water.
Quickly to respond Hartlepool RNLI were soon on the scene pulling the two people to safety from the freezing water.
Well done to all involved in the rescue this could have been a different story.