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Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat Launched to Rescue Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat, 'Freddie Cooper', was launched at 8.20pm on Thursday (August 3) at the request of the UK Coastguard, to a 20 metre racing yacht with power problems.

The yacht was 10 miles south east of Aldeburgh on its way from Helsinki to Southampton to take part in the 2017 Fastnet Race.

As a result of the power problem, they had no engine, no navigation lights and intermittent radio.

Although they were under sail, they were a navigation hazard due to not having any navigation lights.

Aldeburgh's all-weather lifeboat with its volunteer crew was tasked to escort the yacht towards Lowestoft, with the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat also launching to continue the escort into Lowestoft. They rendezvoused ten miles north of Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh lifeboat returned to station at 23.15pm with the Lowestoft lifeboat arriving home at 00.15pm on Friday (August 4).

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