Aldeburgh RNLI and Southwold RNLI aid yacht with unwell crew and engine failure
RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper was launched on Tuesday 27 July, at approximately 4.40pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 35 foot yacht with engine problems and unwell crew, south of Aldeburgh.
The ALB was launched at 4.40pm and on arrival at scene, the ALB crew found the casualty was making slow progress, as their crew had been unable to use the engine. The situation was assessed and it was decided, by the ALB crew, that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualty.
One member of the crew was also suffering with sea sickness and dehydration. The ALB crew attached a tow line and proceeded towards Southwold. By this time both of the casualty crew were exhausted.
On arrival at Southwold, Southwold lifeboat met the casualty and crew boarded the yacht to assess the casualty crew.
Southwold’s lifeboat took over the tow and the yacht was taken to moorings. Once the casualty was secured safely, the ALB was stood down and returned to station.
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