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Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat launched to a becalmed yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all-weather lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched after a 34 foot yacht, with two crew onboard, was reported to have engine failure and was becalmed two miles south east of Orford Ness.

The all weather lifeboat is towing a yacht that had engine failure and was becalmed

RNLI/Caron Hill

RNLI All Weather Lifeboat 'Freddie Cooper' towing the casualty

At 6.19am there was a UK Coastguard request to launch, with the decision to launch the ALB soon after this, with the intent of assessing the situation. On arrival at the scene at 7.02am, the casualty was taken under tow at 7.13am and headed towards Harwich.

On arrival at Harwich, at 9.10am, the casualty was secured, ensuring the crew onboard were safe. The ALB then departed Harwich to return to Aldeburgh.

The ALB was back on station at 11.45am.

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Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email [email protected]

Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ [email protected]

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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