RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat launched to rescue a boat with engine failure
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.
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 contactsFor 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]
- Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North and East), 07810658072/ [email protected]
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries