Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Called to a Report of a Yacht in Difficulties
Aldeburgh's all-weather Lifeboat, ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched on Saturday (5 August) after a report of a six metre catamaran with two people on board having lost its mast south of Aldeburgh.
The request to launch came at 4.20pm from the UK Coastguard.
Once on scene, the volunteer crew of the ‘Freddie Cooper’ assessed the condition of the yacht by transferring three crew on board the catamaran.
The crew assisted in the recovery of the mast from the sea, stowed it securely, then established a tow. The ALB (all-weather lifeboat) then towed the catamaran to Harwich, where it was met by the Harwich inshore lifeboat (ILB), which accompanied them to a safe mooring at Levington Marina.
The Aldeburgh lifeboat returned to station at 9.00 pm.
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