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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboats launched to rescue a stranded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper and inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Susan Scott was launched on Tuesday 7 June, at approximately 5.11pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of a 16 foot yacht aground on the beach, north of Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh RNLI

Returning to station

The RNLI Aldeburgh ILB was requested, by the Coastguard, at 4.45pm to launch. The casualty vessel was aground, the casualty crew was unable to refloat it independently and requested assistance.

Once on scene, the ILB crew assessed the situation and decided the safest option was to attach a tow line to pull it off the beach. Once off the beach it became apparent that, as there had been a swell, the casualty vessel had damaged its rudder when aground.

As they had no steering, the ALB was requested to launch to take over the tow. It was decided to take the casualty to Southwold, as the nearest safe haven.

The ILB was stood down and returned to station at 6pm. The ALB continued towards Southwold, when the casualty crew reported taking on water. An ALB crew was put onboard with a pump, to assist. Once near Southwold, they were met by Southwold’s ILB, who took over the tow into the harbour.

The ALB returned to station at 9.20pm, having ensured that the casualty was at safe moorings.

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) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ [email protected]

or, contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Aldeburgh RNLI

The tow in action

Aldeburgh RNLI

The volunteers in action

Aldeburgh RNLI

The tow

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