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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to rescue a yacht in danger of capsizing

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper was launched on Monday 27 September, at approximately 10.14am, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 22 foot yacht aground and in danger of capsizing, south of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was requested, by the Coastguard, at 9.43am to launch.

The casualty vessel, with two people on board, had run aground a short distance into the river mouth. The ALB, after a difficult launch due to the sea conditions and high winds, was tasked to approach the casualty and assess the situation.

Once on scene, the casualty was found to be afloat, due to the rising tides, but unable to start the engine due to a rope around the propeller. The casualty crew finally managed to free the rope, start the engine and get underway, towards a safe haven.

Aldeburgh ALB was stood down and returned to station.


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For more information please telephone :-

  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email chillpress@hotmail
  • 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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