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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to search for possible man overboard

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's inshore lifeboat, ’Susan Scott’ was launched after a report of a barge with no crew visible.

The lifeboat crew were requested to launch at 12.32pm, at the request of the UK Coastguard. It had been reported that a barge, in the River Alde, was moored with no crew on board (someone had been seen earlier), with the possibility of a man overboard.

Just days after the RNLI launched its 2017 Respect the Water campaign - which aims reduce the number of drownings that occur each year - it was a matter of urgency to start a search. While progressing to the scene, there was a follow-up report that there was someone on board, but the lifeboat crew were requested by the UK Coastguard to confirm the sighting.

Once on scene this report was confirmed, so the crew were stood down and they returned to the lifeboat station at 1.35pm.

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