[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Lifeboat volunteer injured in windfarm drama 

Credit:  Hartlepool Mail | 11 September 2013 | www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk ~~

A volunteer lifesaver was injured during an emergency operation to rescue a barge which had lost its tow line and was floating dangerously towards a windfarm.

A Hartlepool Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew were called by HM Coastguard to incident off Seaton Carew at 3.15am today.

A 66ft tug boat that had been towing the barge on its way from Sunderland to Lowestoft, in Norfolk, lost its tow line off an area called the Tees Fairway Buoy, and the large vessel began heading towards the restricted area around the turbines.

Mike Craddy, lifeboat operations manager, at Hartlepool RNLI, said: “The pagers went off at 3.15am and our volunteer crew members launched Hartlepool RNLI’s All weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch, at 3.29am. They arrived on scene at 3.45am.

“The Coxwain, Robbie Maiden, quickly assessed the situation and began trying to recover the tow line which was floating in the water.

“A line was passed from the tug to the Hartlepool lifeboat and we attached that to our line which we had attached to the recovered line. This was then passed to the tug.”

He added: “During this action one of our volunteer crew members injured his shoulder and our all-weather lifeboat suffered a technical issue and we had to return to Hartlepool Marina leaving the scene at 5.05 am.”

The tow line was taken hold of for a second time by a River Tees tug that had been standing by.

The tug and the barge were then escorted away from the windfarm and headed back off on their journey to Lowestoft.

Hartlepool RNLI’s All weather lifeboat returned to Hartlepool Marina at 5.45am where the injured volunteer crew member was given medical assistance by Hartlepool RNLI’s doctor.

The lifeboat was stood down from service.

Mr Craddy added: “This was an unusual service with a successful outcome.”

At 6.15pm yesterday the crew was called to another rescue, this time of a jet skier who had ended up stranded in the water after his jet ski ran out of control and landed on rocks at Seaton Carew.

The RNLI crew rushed to his aid, pulled him from the water and handed him over to waiting paramedics on land.

A Coastguard spokesman said he was suffering with the “cold”.

Source:  Hartlepool Mail | 11 September 2013 | www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

Tag: Accidents

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky