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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to a report of a distress beacon signal

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all-weather lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, was launched after a report of an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) signal being picked up south of Orford Ness lighthouse.

At 3.45 pm there was a launch request by UK Coastguard, with the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) being launched soon afterwards heading to the co-ordinates of the signal.

Once on scene, the crew of the Freddie Cooper were tasked to search the immediate area. Coastguard teams from Aldeburgh and Shingle Street carried out a search from the shoreline.

An EPIRB alerts search and rescue services, in the event of an emergency, by transmitting a coded message via a satellite, to the closest co-ordination centre.

Once a further satellite had passed over the position and received no signal, the ALB was stood down and returned to station.

Aldeburgh ALB returned to station at 6.15 pm

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