Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat launched to a struggling vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all-weather lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched at 7.40am to a 21-foot sailing vessel. There was one person on board. They were struggling against wind and tide, South of Aldeburgh.

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat 'Freddie Cooper' escorting casualty

At 7.25am there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to assist the casualty. On arrival at scene, South of the Whiting Bank, it was found that the casualty was having problems making way against the wind and tide.

The wind state was 3-4 and sea state had reduced to slight chop. On departing the scene at 8.35am the casualty was escorted to safe haven in the River Ore. The ALB departed the casualty at 9.05am and returned to station.

Once the ALB was recovered on to the beach and refuelled, it was returned into service.

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Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210


Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East)


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Aldeburgh Lifeboat 'Freddie Cooper' escorting the casualty

RNLI/Caron Hill

Aldeburgh Lifeboat 'Freddie Cooper' escorting the casualty

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