Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat launched to a boat stuck on the beach

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), ‘Susan Scott’, was launched after a report that a seven metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB), with one person onboard, had run aground South of Aldeburgh.

At 3.56pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch, with the decision to launch the ILB soon after this, into the River Alde, with the intent of searching the area, as it was unclear where the casualty was. Shingle Street volunteer Coast Guards were also tasked to assist in the search.

It was later reported that the casualty was on the sea side approximately 2.5 miles South of Orford Ness Lighthouse. On arrival at scene, the ILB crew assessed that the RIB had broadsided, while trying to beach and had been swamped with sea water.

The ILB crew pumped out some of the water and assisted in re floating the casualty. The RIB crewman was happy to continue his journey and seeing that he was safe, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 6.15pm.

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