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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to a motor boat with engine problems

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Friday 5 September, at approximately 5.25pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 34 foot boat with engine and electrical problems, 5 miles North-east of Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat attending the casualty

RNLI/David Cook

Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat attending the casualty

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was tasked by the Coastguard at 5.11pm to launch, after a report of a motor boat with total engine and electrical failure. The casualty crew had tried, unsuccessfully, to resolve the issues, before calling the Coastguard for assistance.

The ALB was launched at 5.25pm and on arrival at scene, the ALB crew found the casualty was rapidly drifting eastwards, as they were unable to drop the anchor. After discussions with the casualty crew, it was decided that they would need to be towed to safety. The ALB crew attached a tow line and proceeded towards Southwold. On arrival at Southwold harbour, the casualty was taken to a safe mooring.

The ALB was then stood down and returned to station.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone :-

  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email [email protected]

  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ [email protected]

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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