Callout No. 5
07th December 2013
Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a Mayday call from a sinking fishing vessel, North of Aldeburgh. The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 10.10 am, by Thames Coastguard, to respond to a Mayday call.
A 10 metre fishing vessel was rapidly taking on water and had placed a Mayday call when it became apparent they would have to abandon the boat. While proceeding to the casualty, information was received that the boat had sunk in 3 minutes and the crew had launched their life raft. Southwold RNLI ILB had also been asked to assist in the rescue. A Southwold fishing vessel was near to the scene and was able to secure the life raft until assistance arrived.
The casualty crew, who were shocked but well, were transferred to the Southwold Lifeboat and taken to shore. The RNLI Aldeburgh ALB crew was tasked to make the area safe from shipping hazards, caused by wreckage from the sunken boat. Having recovered all the visible hazards, the RNLI Aldeburgh ALB returned to station.Crew: