Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to rescue drifting yacht
Aldeburgh RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 8.50pm on Sunday 29 May, at the request of Humber Coastguard, after a report of a 30 foot yacht with three people on board, drifting due to steering failure off Sizewell.
Once launched, the lifeboat crew located the casualty approximately five miles east of Sizewell. A tow rope was passed to the casualty and secured.
The casualty was then taken into tow, with the destination being Lowestoft, as the tide was too low to take the yacht into Southwold. Humber Coastguard then tasked Lowestoft lifeboat to launch to take over the tow.
Once the casualty was safely handed over to Lowestoft lfeboat, the Freddie Cooper returned to station at 12.15am the following morning.
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