Aldeburgh RNLI and Harwich RNLI launched to a report of a yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Susan Scott, was launched on Friday 6 August, at approximately 1.37pm, following a Coastguard request, to assist a 33 foot yacht in difficulty, outside the river mouth, south of Aldeburgh.

RNLI/David Cook

Harwich ALB takes over tow

RNLI Aldeburgh ILB was tasked by the Coastguard to launch, following a report of a 33 foot yacht, with two people on board, having engine problems, south of Aldeburgh. They had attempted to drop an anchor, until they had assistance, but this was dragging on the sea bed. The casualty crew were starting to tire and becoming distressed.

Once on scene, the situation was assessed and, although the casualty vessel was now under power, the engine was intermittently cutting out. It was decided, by the ILB crew, that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualty.

Due to the sea conditions, the ILB was making slow progress. After discussions, it was decided to enlist the help of RNLI Harwich lifeboat, as the ILB was also at the limit of its range, to take over the tow to Shotley Marina.

After Harwich all-weather lifeboat had taken over the tow, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 7.00pm.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone :-

  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210/

  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/
  • Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North and East), 07810658072/

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/David Cook

Harwich ALB takes over tow


Harwich ALB towing casualty (Aldeburgh ILB in background)

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