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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to rescue motor vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all weather wifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 2.54pm on Monday 3 October, at the request of Humber Coastguard, after there was a report of a 33foot motor vessel with two people on board, aground on Aldeburgh Ridge.

Once launched, the volunteer lifeboat crew aboard Freddie Cooper headed towards the casualty.

However, the crew of the vessel advised the lifeboat crew that they had not grounded, but had lost one of their engines and were able to use the second one. 

The lifeboat crew ensured that the casualty was not damaged and the crew were not injured.  The casualty was then escorted to Southwold, to ensure they remained safe.

Once at the harbour mouth they reported their other engine had failed.  A tow rope was secured to the casualty and, with the help of Southwold RNLI lifeboat, were eventually moored safely.  
The lifeboat Freddie Cooper returned to station at 7.10pm.

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