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Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Called to a Report of a Sinking Boat

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all-weather lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 26 July) after a report of an eleven metre motor boat taking on water eight miles east south east of Aldeburgh.

The launch request from the UK Coastguard came in at 2.43pm and on arrival at the scene the volunteer lifeboat crew found two people on board. The motor boat, which it is believed had made the crossing from Holland, was taking on water, but those on board were managing to keep the pumps going to get the water out.

It was decided the motor boat would be able to proceed on its own without setting up a tow from the ALB, however the Freddie Cooper escorted the motor boat to the mouth of the Deben as there were concerns that the out-going tide was running fast and the vessel may not have been able to get into the channel.

The Aldeburgh ALB remained at the mouth of the river until it was established that the motor boat had made a safe passage into the Deben, where those on board had a berth booked for the night.

Once it was established that they were safe to continue, the ALB returned to station at 6.15pm.

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