RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboats launched to a kite surfer in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Monday 22 June, at approximately 4pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a kite surfer in distress in the water, off Shingle Street, south of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was tasked by the Coastguard at 3.46pm to launch, after a report of a kite surfer struggling in the sea, after their harness had broken. The ALB was launched at 4pm and on arrival at scene, the ALB crew found the casualty drifting out to sea.

They were able to find the casualty due to the brightly coloured kite. The casualty was taken onboard, along with the kite equipment. In order for the casualty to be returned to shore, Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Susan Scott, was also launched. Once alongside the ALB, the casualty was transferred to the ILB and eventually handed into the care of the local Coastguard team.

The ALB and ILB were stood down, once the casualty was safely onshore, and they returned to station.

Shortly after returning to station, the ILB was tasked again to rescue a young person, in the water, in the River Alde. However, it was stood down as the casualty was rescued by a passing boat.

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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, 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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