View as PDF

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.

RNLI media contacts

• Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) / 07785 296252 /
• James Oxley, RNLI  Press Officer (London/East/South East) /
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland