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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to capsized dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Susan Scott, was launched on Saturday 26 February, at approximately 2.32pm, following a Coastguard request, to rescue a person, in a dinghy, who had capsized several times, in the River Alde area.

RNLI Aldeburgh ILB was tasked by the Coastguard to launch, following a report of a person in difficulty, due to the tide and winds. They repeatedly fell into the water when the dinghy capsized and was drifting into the mud banks of the River Alde. In addition to this, part of the dinghy had broken, which meant they couldn’t sail back.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew rescued the casualty from the mud bank and once safe in the ILB, both the casualty and dinghy were taken back to Slaughden Quay. Casualty care was administered to ensure that the casualty was not hypothermic. Once the casualty was safely onshore and the dinghy secured, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 4.35pm.

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

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone :-

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

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

Or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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