Sailboat runs aground prompting emergency response

An RNLI lifeboat
The coastguard and RNLI dispatched rescue boats to the scene [RNLI]

Emergency services have been called to the coast after a sailing boat hit rocks near the shore.

The coastguard and RNLI were called to the scene near to Trident Close, Hartlepool, shortly after 17:15 BST.

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said five people were given treatment but no-one was seriously hurt.

HM Coastguard confirmed a rescue team and RNLI lifeboats attended after reports of a "vessel running aground".

An NEAS spokesperson said: "We were called at 17.43 BST this evening to a vessel that had run aground at Hartlepool.

"We dispatched a clinical team leader, one crew from our Hazardous Area Response Team and a double crewed ambulance.

"Five patients were treated and discharged at the scene."

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