RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat launched to assist in Medivac Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched at 5.17am, following a Coastguard request, to an unwell crew member on an oil tanker, 12 miles south east of Aldeburgh.

RNLI/Caron Hill

RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was initially tasked by the Coastguard at 4.50am to launch to an oil tanker with an unwell crew member on board. The casualty had respiratory problems and required helicopter evacuation, but was initially reluctant.

It was then agreed the casualty would go, so the ALB was stood down, but re tasked at 5.07am to assist the helicopter.

The ALB was on scene at 6.05am, not long after the helicopter had arrived and stood by at an appropriate distance. A paramedic was winched down, from the helicopter, onto the oil tanker, to assess the casualty.

The casualty was eventually winched up and transferred to the local hospital, for further assessments.

As no further assistance was required, the ALB was stood down, at 6.26am and returned to station at 7.19am.

RNLI media contacts

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


or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


RNLI/Caron Hill

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