RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to a fishing vessel in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched at approximately 1.45pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a fishing vessel in difficulties.

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was tasked by the Coastguard at 1.30pm to launch, following a call from the fisherman on the vessel, who reported that, while trawling south of Aldeburgh, his nets had caught on an object on the sea bed.

Despite several attempts to bring up the nets to free them, this caused the fishing vessel to nearly capsize. As a result of this, a call to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station was carried out, with a request for assistance, which was passed on to the Coastguard.

The fisherman was particularly concerned, as the tide was changing and there was also a possibility that the nets had entangled around the props.

On arrival at scene, the fisherman reported that the nets had given way, so the ALB crew ensured the props were clear, then escorted the fishing vessel back to Aldeburgh.

The ALB returned to station at 2.30pm.

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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 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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