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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat crew rescue drifting trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh RNLI all weather lifeboat rescued the crew of a 13.5m trawler with engine failure in rough seas off Sizewell on 23 March.

The lifeboat crew launched the station's all weather lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist those onboard a 13.5m trawler which was in trouble approximately four nautical miles east of Sizewell.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew established a tow and headed for Harwich. The weather conditions were north easterly force 6-7 winds, with rough sea conditions.

Harwich RNLI lifeboat assisted in taking over the tow east of the River Deben and took the trawler to berth at Harwich. Steve Saint, Aldeburgh RNLI Coxswain, thanked Harwich for their assistance with this service call.

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