RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboats launched to a sinking fishing vessel
RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Tuesday 29 September, at approximately 6pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a fishing boat taking on water, six miles East of Aldeburgh.
The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB, while preparing to launch on exercise at 6pm, was tasked by the Coastguard, to rescue a fishing boat from Orford, that was taking on water. Another fishing vessel was alongside the casualty at the time.
The casualty crew had donned their life jackets and prepared the life-raft in case it was needed. The ALB was launched and arrived on scene at 6.48pm. One of the ALB crew and the portable salvage pump was placed on board.
Once the pump was in position, all the boats made slow passage to Orford Haven, arriving at 8.45pm. The RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), Susan Scott’, was launched at 8.23pm to rendezvous with the ALB at the entrance of the river and escorted the casualty to a boat yard for repairs.
The Coxswain, Steven Saint, said: 'A great team effort by all, thankfully ended well, but could have been a very different outcome.'
The ALB was stood down and returned to station at 9.50pm and the ILB recovered at 10.25pm.
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