Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat volunteers called to rescue drifting yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Freddie Cooper was launched at 8.50pm on Sunday 29 May at the request of Humber Coastguard, following a report of a 30ft yacht with three people on board drifting off Sizewell due to steering failure.

Once launched, the charity’s volunteer crew located the casualty vessel approximately five miles east of Sizewell.  A tow rope was passed and secured. The yacht was then taken into tow to Lowestoft because the tide was too low to take it into Southwold. Humber Coastguard then tasked Lowestoft lifeboat to launch to take over the tow.    

Once the yacht was safely handed over to Lowestoft lifeboat, the crew of the Freddie Cooper returned to station at 12.15am.

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