RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to a boat with engine problems

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Friday 28 August, at approximately 6pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 40 foot boat with fuel and engine problems, eight miles East of Aldeburgh.

RNLI/David Cook

Casualty being towed by ALB Freddie Cooper

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was tasked by the Coastguard at 5.45pm to launch, after a report of a sailing boat with fuel and engine problems.

The ALB was launched at 6pm and on arrival at scene, the ALB crew found the casualty was making slow progress, as their crew had been unable to use the engine. One member of the crew was also suffering with sea sickness.

It was decided that the casualty would need to be towed to safety. The ALB crew attached a tow line and proceeded towards Harwich. On arrival at Shotley, the casualty was handed over to the local Coastguard team for safe mooring.

The ALB was stood down and returned to station.

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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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