Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat launched to a drifting yacht
Aldeburgh's all-weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched on Monday afternoon (30 September) to a 37 foot yacht. There were two crew onboard, one was sea sick. They had called for assistance as they were reported to be struggling to make headway and were drifting, South of Aldeburgh.
At 2.18pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to assist the casualty. On arrival at scene at 3.05pm, it was found that the casualty had engine and electrical failure, so had total loss of power. UK Coast Guard had requested the casualty crew set an anchor to avoid further drifting. One ALB crew boarded the casualty to assist them and remained onboard throughout the rescue. Due to the power failure the anchor winch would not work, so the anchor was lost. The casualty was taken under tow and headed to Shotley Marina, arriving at 6pm.
On arrival at Shotley Marina, the casualty was secured, ensuring the crew onboard were safe. The ALB then departed Shotley to return to Aldeburgh.
The ALB was back on station at 8pm.
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