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Huge costal search underway in Hartlepool involving police, coastguard & RNLI

A huge search and rescue Operation is underway in Hartlepool between Crimdon and the Headland.

Emergency services were stood down and returned to the area at 7.30pm before being stood back down at 8.30pm.

With temperatures as low as 4 degree’s a search and rescue operation is underway in Hartlepool.

Emergency services descended on the area in search of a missing person. Police have not released details of the person they are searching for.

The police helicopter, Coastguard and RNLI have been searching the site near Steetley Pier in Hartlepool for a number of hours.

Coastguard teams have searched all Drainage Outflows and the beams under Steetely Pier which is the main focus of the search which was launched just after 4pm.

The RNLI was instructed to search the waters between the headland and Crimdon with outflows and the Pier being the biggest area of priority.

Police officers and a large number of volunteers from the Coastguard searched the beach and the dunes while the RNLI Hummer, offshore and inshore boat searched the water with beams.

The Police Helicopter searched overhead, covering a wider area but was stood down at 6 pm. The Coastguard and RNLI were also stood down just before 7 pm after there was nothing found after almost three hours of searching in cold conditions.

But then re-attended the scene just before 7.30pm following a confirmed sighting on the pier.

The Helicopter, Police, Coastguard and RNLI returned and began conducting further searches.

Cleveland Police have not yet confirmed who they and volunteers are searching for, but with the scale and length of the search, they must have serious and credible concerns for the person’s welfare.

Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team have released a statement confirming they were searching for a missing person “Paged by Humber Coastguard to search for a missing person after belongings were found close to the beach.

“We conducted a searched along with Seaham Coastguard , Cleveland Police both lifeboats from Hartlepool RNLI & NPAS Newcastle along with our Senior CCoastalOperations officers from both Whitby and Hartlepool.

“After searching the area and nothing found we were all stood down.

“Just after arriving back on station we were contacted to say someone was seen on the top of Steetley Pier, Searches were again conducted by ourselves and colleagues from other agencies including Police Air support and Cleveland Fire Service. Again nothing was found and we were stood down.”

All emergency services, Coastguard, RNLI stood down at 8.30pm following having found nothing within that location.

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