LIFEBOATMEN rescued two people on a pleasure craft that had radioed for help earlier today.

Hartlepool RNLI responded to the coastguard’s call for assistance, at 1.51pm to help a 30ft power cruiser that had lost power just off the Heugh.

The lifeboat was launched at 1.58pm and towed the stricken vessel into the town’s marina.

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Matt Adams, Helm on Hartlepool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat said: “Two men were enjoying a day’s fishing when a wave knocked out the cruiser’s power. We towed them into the marina and neither man suffered any injuries.”