Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat launched to a drifting yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh's all-weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched on Monday afternoon (30 September) to a 37 foot yacht. There were two crew onboard, one was sea sick. They had called for assistance as they were reported to be struggling to make headway and were drifting, South of Aldeburgh.

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

RNLI/Caron Hill

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

At 2.18pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to assist the casualty. On arrival at scene at 3.05pm, it was found that the casualty had engine and electrical failure, so had total loss of power. UK Coast Guard had requested the casualty crew set an anchor to avoid further drifting. One ALB crew boarded the casualty to assist them and remained onboard throughout the rescue. Due to the power failure the anchor winch would not work, so the anchor was lost. The casualty was taken under tow and headed to Shotley Marina, arriving at 6pm.

On arrival at Shotley Marina, the casualty was secured, ensuring the crew onboard were safe. The ALB then departed Shotley to return to Aldeburgh.

The ALB was back on station at 8pm.

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Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email chillpress@hotmail.co.uk

Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer (North and East) 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

RNLI/Caron Hill

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht
ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

RNLI/Caron Hill

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht
ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

RNLI/Caron Hill

ALB 'Freddie Cooper' towing yacht

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