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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to rescue a boat with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper was launched on Saturday 15 January, at approximately 11.55am, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 60 foot, 20 tonne Dutch barge, with engine failure, south of Aldeburgh.

Casualty boat being towed into Harwich by Aldeburgh all weather lifeboat


Casualty boat being towed into Harwich by Aldeburgh all weather lifeboat

The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB was requested, by the Coastguard, at 11.29am to launch.

Once on scene, it was observed that the casualty crew had used their anchor to secure the barge to prevent it from drifting, as they were very close to the shoreline.

The lifeboat crew assessed the situation, deciding that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualty, in order to take them to the nearest safe haven. A towline was secured and the casualty towed to Ha’penny Pier, Harwich.

Once the casualty was made safe, the ALB was stood down and returned to station at 6.50pm.

RNLI media contacts

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]

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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