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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboats called to rescue rowing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's All Weather Lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, and Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Christine, were launched at 6.36pm on Sunday 10 July, after a report of a 10m rowing boat in difficulty near Orford Lighthouse.

The Freddie Cooper was launched when the crew on the rowing boat, who were participating in a challenge to sail around Britain, reported that they were in difficulty south east of Orford Lighthouse.

The rowing boat crew were overcome by the wind and tide and, making no headway, had anchored and called for assistance. Once the vessel was located, it was discovered that there were four people on board. 

Several attempts were made to release the anchor. Once it was freed, by towing the boat over it, Aldeburgh lifeboat took the casualty into the mouth of the River Ore as the seas were rough which would have caused problems with transferring the tow to the ILB.

The weather on scene was southerly force 6 with a 3 metre swell. Aldeburgh ILB took over the tow into Orford Haven where the casualty then moored. 

Aldeburgh ILB returned to station, via the river, at 9.50pm. Aldeburgh ALB returned to sation at 10pm.

RNLI media contacts

• Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /

• Sophie Collier-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)                                                          
0207 6207416 / 07824 416615/

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