Callout No. 7


9th September 2018

Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched on Sunday (9 th ) afternoon to a 32-foot yacht, with one person onboard. They had called for assistance, as they were reported to be struggling to make headway, as they were going against the tides and winds South of Aldeburgh. At 2.31pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to assist the casualty. On arrival at scene, off Orford Ness, at 3.12pm, it was found that the casualty had the sail wrapped around the mast and only enough fuel to get to safe haven.

A heaving line was sent across and the casualty was taken under tow and headed towards the River Ore. On arrival at the river’s mouth, the state of the tides meant there was not enough depth of water for the casualty to be taken into the river, so was unsafe. At 5.30pm it was decided to continue towing the casualty to Harwich. On arrival at the entrance of Harwich harbour, the yacht was released and was able to use it’s engine to head for safe haven. The ALB then departed Harwich to return to Aldeburgh. Just before returning, Harwich Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) had been tasked to search and rescue a drifting yacht nearby, so while enroute back to Aldeburgh, the ALB stopped to see if they needed assistance. Harwich ILB had successfully located the casualty and had them under tow, so the ALB continued their journey back to station.

The ALB was back on station at 9pm.

Crew: Steve Saint (Coxswain), Victoria Cozens, Steve Osbourne, Alison Norman, Adrian Burns, Tom Cousins
Launched: 14:21 RFS: 21:00
Yacht undertow - Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station | Saving Lives at Sea.

Callout No. 6


24th August 2018

Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched at 7.40am to a 21-foot sailing vessel. There was one person onboard. They were struggling against wind and tide, South of Aldeburgh.

At 7.25am there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to assist the casualty. On arrival at scene, South of the Whiting Bank, it was found that the casualty was having problems making way against the wind and tide. The wind state was 3-4 and sea state had reduced to slight chop. On departing the scene at 8.35am the casualty was escorted to safe haven in the River Ore. The ALB departed the casualty at 9.05am and returned to station.

Once the ALB was recovered on to the beach and refuelled, it was returned into service.

Launched: RFS: 22:40

Callout No. 4   Callout No. 5


30th July 2018

Personal Locator Beacon helps Aldeburgh RNLI volunteers save kite surfer’s life

Aldeburgh's inshore lifeboat (ILB), Susan Scott, launched on Monday evening to a kite surfer drifting out to sea. The all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Freddie Cooper, launched soon after a ‘man overboard alert.’ Both lifeboats were responding to the same incident. The kite surfer was drifting out to sea after his lines were tangled and he was unable to relaunch. He then lost his board and entered the water activating his personal locator beacon (PLB) which sent an alert to the UK coastguard, who then informed the volunteer crew from Aldeburgh RNLI.As the lifeboat crew arrived on scene in the dark, the strobe light on the PLB helped the crew to locate the man in the water. The distressed kite surfer had then been in the water for 45 minutes.

Aldeburgh’s second coxswain, Karl Barber, spoke of the rescue: ‘If it wasn’t for the personal locator beacon showing up on the lifeboat’s automatic identification system, the kite surfer would have been very difficult to see in the water. It was dark and there was a real risk of not immediately finding him. The kite surfer shared that his mother persuaded him to buy the personal locator beacon, the best £200 he has ever spent. It helped save his life.’ Nick Ayers, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said: ‘The sea is unpredictable and one of the biggest dangers with kitesurfing is going alone or in rough weather conditions. Taking some simple steps to stay safe will reduce your chances of getting into trouble. We advise kite surfers go out with a friend or take a means of calling or signalling for help, like a personal locator beacon. Never ride out further than you can swim back. Be prepared, check the conditions and tides, and don't go out in conditions you can't handle. Visit rnli.org.uk for the latest safety advice to help you get the most out of the sport you love.’

The volunteer crew pulled the kite surfer on board the lifeboat and returned him to shore into the care of Shingle Street Coast Guards and Ambulance crew. The crew returned to station at around 10.40pm.

Launched: RFS: 22:40
Yacht undertow - Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station | Saving Lives at Sea.

Callout No. 4


30th July 2018

Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Launched to a Drifting Yacht

Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched on Monday (30th) afternoon 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.

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.

Launched: 14:38 RFS: 20:00

Callout No. 3


22nd July 2018

Aldeburgh's Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), 'Susan Scott', was launched to a report of a seven metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB), with one person on board which had run aground South of Aldeburgh

At 3:56pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch, with the decision to launch the ULB soon after this, into the River Alde, with the intent of searching the areas as it was unclear where the casualty was. Shingle Street volunteer Coast Guards were also task to assist in the search. It was later reported that the casualty was on the sea side approximately 2.5 miles South of Orford Ness Lighthouse. On arrival at scene, the ULB crew assessed that the RIB had broadsided, while trying to beach and had been swamped with sea water.

The ILB Crew pumped out some of the water and assisted in re-floating the casualty. The RIB crewman was happy to continue his journey and seeing that he was safe, the ILB was stoo down and returned to station at 6:15pm

Crew: Steve Taylor (Helm), Luke Cousins & Alison Norman
Launched: 15:56 RFS: 18:15

Callout No. 3


7th July 2018

Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched after a yacht, with two crew onboard, was reported to have no power and was becalmed a mile off Aldeburgh.

At 9.49pm there was a UK Coastguard request to launch, with the decision to launch the ALB soon after this, with the intent of taking her under tow. On arrival at the scene, the casualty was taken under tow at10.35pm at a speed of approximately 7 knots and headed towards Southwold. On arrival at Southwold, at 11.30pm, the casualty was secured, ensuring the crew onboard were safe. The ALB then departed Southwold at ten past midnight to return to Aldeburgh.

The ALB was back on station and refuelled by 2.27am

Crew:
Launched: 21:49 RFS: 02:27 Weather: Wind: Sea:

Callout No. 2


22nd May 2018

Aldeburgh Lifeboat (ILB) were tasked to Lady Florence which was moored at Orford Quay, to a lady who works onboard who had fallen and injured her arm. Once the ILB was on scene the lady was made comfortable and transferred to Orford Quay. where an ambulance had been tasked but due to waiting time of 3 hours the skipper of Lady Florence drove her to Ipswich Hospital. The ILB then returned to stations to be readied for the next service

Crew:
Launched: 15:56 RFS: 17:30 Weather: Wind: Sea:
Medivac from Survey Ship south of Aldeburgh - Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station | Saving Lives at Sea.

Callout No. 1   Callout No. 1


1st April 2018

Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched after a ‘Pan Pan’ call to Humber Coastguard, to assist a survey ship crew member, who had suddenly collapsed. At 10.50 am there was a launch request by UK Coastguard, with the ALB being launched soon afterwards, heading to a survey ship south of Aldeburgh.

It had been reported that one of the survey ship crew had collapsed and sustained a head injury. Once on scene, two crew from the ‘Freddie Cooper’ transferred to the survey ship to assess the casualty, who by now was conscious and sitting up. It was determined that the casualty needed ambulance assistance.

The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), ‘Susan Scott’, had been on exercise nearby so came to assist. They transferred the casualty from the survey ship to the ALB. Once the ALB had returned to the beach, the ambulance crew went on board and carried out further assessments. The casualty was later taken to hospital.

Crew:
Launched: 10.50 RFS: Weather: Wind: Sea: