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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to rescue stranded passengers on luggers

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's inshore lifeboat, ‘Christine,’ was launched at 4.28pm on Friday 16 September, after there was a report of two luggers, with eight people on board, stranded on the mud in the River Alde.

On arrival on scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the situation and were able to transfer four of the passengers from one of the luggers and transported them to Iken.
 
They then returned to the casulaties and found the second lugger was inaccessible, due to their position on the mud.  They were then tasked to meet the Suffolk Fire and Water Rescue Team at Snape Maltings, who would assist in the rescue.
 
On arrival back on scene, the team laid a pontoon across the mud to the second casualty, allowing the remaining four passengers to walk to the lifeboat.
 
They were then transferred to Iken, where they were met by an ambulance crew and checked over.     
                  
Aldeburgh lifeboat returned to station, via the river, at 7.30pm.  
 
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• Caron Hill, Alderburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07837 263210 chillpress@hotmail.co.uk
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