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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat asked to check on welfare of person on yacht

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh inshore lifeboat (ILB), the ‘Susan Scott’, was launched on Sunday 17 July, at approximately 8pm, following a Coastguard request, to carry out a welfare check of a person on a yacht in the River Alde area.

RNLI Aldeburgh ILB was tasked by the Coastguard to launch, following a report of a person not responding to calls for three days and concerns of their welfare. The local coastguard team had tried contacting the casualty crew, from the shore, for several hours, with no response.

The ILB crew, once on scene, managed to speak to the casualty crew. They had dropped their phone in the water, hence no contact. The ILB crew carried out a health check and once ascertaining they were safe to be left, were stood down and returned to station.

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 Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 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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