RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to a boat that had hit an obstruction

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Monday 31 August, at approximately 5.20am, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 24 foot boat unable to manoeuvre, 10 miles East of Aldeburgh.

RNLI/David Cook

Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat arriving at the casualty

The casualty vessel had possibly hit an obstruction. The ALB was launched at 5.20am and on arrival at scene, the ALB crew found the casualty had managed to free themselves of the obstruction and was underway.

The crew of the casualty reported that they were taking on water, after hitting the obstruction, but their pumps were coping.

At 6.20am, the casualty crew confirmed the vessel was safe to continue their journey. It was agreed that the ALB would remain with the casualty for 30 minutes, to monitor their progress and to check it was safe for them to continue. On further checks, the crew of the casualty reported that the pumps were coping with the water ingress, so were safe to continue to their destination.

The ALB was stood down and returned to station.

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  • 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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