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Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat called to rescue drifting yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Aldeburgh RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 8.50pm on Sunday 29 May, at the request of Humber Coastguard, after a report of a 30 foot yacht with three people on board, drifting due to steering failure off Sizewell.

Once launched, the lifeboat crew located the casualty approximately five miles east of Sizewell.  A tow rope was passed to the casualty and secured. 

The casualty was then taken into tow, with the destination being Lowestoft, as the tide was too low to take the yacht into Southwold.  Humber Coastguard then tasked Lowestoft lifeboat to launch to take over the tow.    

Once the casualty was safely handed over to Lowestoft lfeboat, the Freddie Cooper returned to station at 12.15am the following morning.

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• Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email chillpress@hotmail.co.uk
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI  Press Officer (London/East/South East) /
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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