RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat launched in storm to drifting yacht

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the "Susan Scott" was launched to a yacht that had broken its moorings and was drifting down the River Ore.

RNLI Aldeburgh ILB Susan Scott launched at 9.23pm, following a pan pan call. A yacht had snapped its moorings and was drifting in the River Ore, towards the river mouth and sea.

The weather conditions were very poor with thunder, lightning, winds gusting 25 knots (force six) and rough water. This hampered the rescue of the yacht.

Once on scene, the ILB crew attached a line to the yacht and towed it back to Orford. In consultation with the local harbour master and Coastguard, the yacht was attached to another mooring, in safer waters.

Once secured and ensuring that the yachts' crew were safe, the ILB crew were stood down and returned to station at 11.15pm.

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For more information please telephone :-

  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email chillpress@hotmail.co.uk

  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

  • Jim Rice, RNLI Press Officer, 07810658072/ jim_rice@rnli.org.uk

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