RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to a yacht struggling in high seas

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Monday 21 October, at approximately 7.15am, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a yacht in difficulties, north east of Aldeburgh.

RNLI/Caron Hill

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Freddie Cooper towing casualty in rough seas

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was tasked by the Coastguard at 7.00am to launch, after a report of a yacht struggling in force seven winds (32-38mph), with one crew member unwell. The yacht’s engine had failed and was unable to set sail, as the seas were too rough (waves 4-6metres). The Aldeburgh ALB is beach launched and was launched in these challenging seas and headed towards the casualty.

On arrival at scene, the ALB crew secured a tow, then escorted the yacht to Lowestoft.

The ALB returned to station at 1.10pm.

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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 Regional Media Officer (North and East), 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

  • Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North and East), 07810658072/ jim_rice@rnli.org.uk

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


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