RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Launched to Rescue Two Crew from Sinking Boat

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper was launched on Saturday 11 December, at approximately 4.55am, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 40 foot motor cruiser with engine failure and taking on water, north east of Aldeburgh.

RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was requested, by the Coastguard, at 4.33am to launch.  Once launched the Coastguard reported that the casualty vessel, with two people on board, was sinking fast.

The casualty crew were preparing to abandon their motor cruiser and take to their life raft.  The ALB, once closer to the casualty, had a visual on the life raft.  The ALB crew promptly recovered the casualty crew from their life raft, which had not fully deployed correctly. 

It had only semi inflated and the two casualty crew were lying on top, they were cold but appeared well.  Both were wearing lifejackets. 

Once onboard the ALB, casualty care was initiated.  At this point the casualty vessel had almost sunk, with only the bow showing.  The ALB stood by to ensure it sank and to collect any debris, so as not to be a shipping hazard.  

Once the casualty vessel had sank and ensuring that the area was safe, the ALB was stood down and returned to station.  The casualty crew were transferred into the care of the shore crew and given a hot drink. Both were safe and well. 

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For more information please telephone :-
Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email [email protected]

Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer (North and East)                                                          
07824518641/ [email protected] 

Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North and East), 07810658072/ [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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