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RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboats launched to rescue two swimmers swept out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aldeburgh all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper and inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Susan Scott was launched on Thursday 16 June, at approximately 4.45pm, following a Coastguard request, to a report of two swimmers in difficulty, south of Aldeburgh.

Hamish Miller

all-weather lifeboat Freddie Cooper

Five swimmers had gone into the water off Shingle Street, south of Aldeburgh. Three had returned to the beach as the tide was proving too difficult, but two remained in the water as they couldn’t swim back to shore.

One was reported clinging onto the Orford Haven buoy, while the other swimmer was swept further out to sea, as the tide was going out, so the search was time critical. The Coastguard requested the launch of the ALB to assist the ILB.

Once on scene, the ILB crew had to search for the swimmers, as one had been pulled off the buoy due to the strength of the tide. That swimmer was found and recovered.

The other was eventually found three quarters of a mile off shore. Both casualties were exhausted, having been in the water for nearly an hour, with one showing signs of hypothermia. In the meantime, the Coastguard helicopter had been tasked to assist in the search of the casualties and other emergency services called.

As both casualties had been recovered the ALB was stood down and returned to station at 5.50pm.

The ILB carried out casualty care on both casualties until arriving at the beach, where the ambulance and helicopter crew were waiting to assess them, as there was concern about one of the swimmers.

Once handed over into their care, the ILB was stood down and returned to station.

The RNLI advise anyone going into the sea should check whether it is suitable to swim off that beach, check the tides, sea temperature and weather.

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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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