RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to kayak in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the ‘Susan Scott’, was launched on Thursday 24 August, at approximately 1.45pm, following a Coastguard request, to rescue a kayak, with two teenagers on board, one mile off Aldeburgh beach.

RNLI Aldeburgh ILB was tasked by the Coastguard to launch, following a report of a kayak in difficulty while trying to return to the shore, due to the tide.

A member of the public had realised they were in difficulty and called the Coastguard.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew rescued the two teenage boys, one of whom was in the sea. They were not wearing lifejackets, only had on swimming trunks, nor had any means of communication.

The kayak was escorted back to shore and the casualties checked to ensure they were fit and well.

Please remember, as advised by the RNLI, if you are planning to go on the sea or river, wear lifejackets and appropriate clothing. Also check the weather and tides and ensure you have a means of communication.

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For more information please telephone :-

• Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210/ [email protected]

• Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East), 01642790636 / 07824518641/ [email protected]

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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