Callout No. 7


4th August 2015

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a vessel with engine failure, East of Aldeburgh. The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched at 18.00 to a 30-foot vessel, with seven crew on board. It reportedly had suffered engine failure and was drifting 15 miles East of Aldeburgh.

It was being assisted by a nearby vessel, who had taken the casualty into tow. On arrival at scene, the ALB crew passed a towing line across to the crew of the casualty and took over the tow, continuing on to Southwold. Southwold ILB was launched to assist in mooring the casualty. Once secured, the RNLI Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station, arriving at 22.10.

Crew:
Launched: 18:00 RFS: 22:10Weather: Wind: Sea:

Callout No. 6   Callout No. 11


6th September 2015

Requested to launch by Humber Coastguard to assist a leisure fishing vessel aground near to Orford Ness. The Aldeburgh ILB was also tasked to attend. It became apparent that the vessel was in The River Ore behind Orford ness and not on the sea side. The ALB was therefore stood down and returned to station. The Aldeburgh ILB continued into the river mouth to continue the service.

Crew:
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Callout No. 5


4th September 2015

Aldeburgh’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was launched in the early hours of Friday (4rd September), after there was a report of an abandoned and drifting yacht. RNLI Aldeburgh All Weather Lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, was launched when it was reported that there was an abandoned and drifting 18ft yacht at the Gabbard Wind Farm.

Once the vessel was located, it was discovered that there was a single person on board. The casualty reported that they had lost their rudder and unable to steer. A tow was connected and the vessel towed to Harwich approaches, where Harwich ILB took over the tow into the harbour. Aldeburgh Lifeboat returned to station. Service duration just over 9 hours.

Crew:
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Callout No. 10


14th August 2015

Aldeburgh ILB requested to launch by Humber Coastguard following a report of a person possibly in trouble in a tender on the River Alde. A young male had reported his friend was missing, after he thought he had seen him in a tender trying to get to a boat on a mooring, but had failed to return to shore. The ILB was launched and commenced to search the area. Shortly afterwards the missing person was found inside the local yacht club. After ensuring no one else was missing the ILB was stood down and returned to station.

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Callout No. 9


14th August 2015

Aldeburgh ILB were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard, to assist two Kite-surfers thought to be in trouble at Shingle Street. Harwich ILB were also tasked, as they were in the area from a previous incident.

After launching, Shingle Street Aux Coastguard reported one kite surfer had made their own way ashore and the second was visual, but not making his way back in. Harwich ILB were first on scene and were directed to the casualty by Shingle Street Coastguards. The Kite-surfer was rescued and taken safely ashore. Aldeburgh ILB was stood down and returned to station.

Crew:
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Callout No. 8


14th August 2015

Aldeburgh ILB requested to launch by Humber Coastguard following a Mayday call from a vessel off Orford Ness. When the vessel was located, a crewman was transferred on board to assess the situation. The owner had reported smoke, but this had now stopped. He had also activated the engine room fire fighting system and turned off all power.

The engine room hatch was still hot to touch. Lowestoft Lifeboat was also on scene, so they commenced a tow towards Orford Quay until Aldeburgh ALB arrived. Aldeburgh ILB was alongside. After Aldeburgh ALB arrived, the tow was transferred and Lowestoft ALB was stood down and returned to station. The vessel was towed to Orford Quay, where the Fire Brigade checked the vessel over. It was found that there was an over-heated engine with turbo charger failure. Both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.

Crew:
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Callout No. 8


1st July 2015

Aldeburgh ILB requested to launch by Humber Coastguard following a Mayday call from a vessel off Orford Ness. When the vessel was located, a crewman was transferred on board to assess the situation. The owner had reported smoke, but this had now stopped. He had also activated the engine room fire fighting system and turned off all power.

The engine room hatch was still hot to touch. Lowestoft Lifeboat was also on scene, so they commenced a tow towards Orford Quay until Aldeburgh ALB arrived. Aldeburgh ILB was alongside. After Aldeburgh ALB arrived, the tow was transferred and Lowestoft ALB was stood down and returned to station. The vessel was towed to Orford Quay, where the Fire Brigade checked the vessel over. It was found that there was an over-heated engine with turbo charger failure. Both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.

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Callout No. 3   Callout No. 7


3rd August 2015

Aldeburgh ALB, while attending Southwold RNLI Open Day, was requested by Humber Coastguard to launch following a Mayday Call from a motorboat. The vessel had reported an engine room fire and needed immediate assistance. Both Aldeburgh and Lowestoft Lifeboats left Southwold Harbour to attend, Aldeburgh ILB was also tasked.

Aldeburgh ILB and Lowestoft Lifeboat were first on scene and a crewman from the ILB transferred on board the casualty vessel. The owner of the motorboat stated that he had seen smoke and had an engine room fire. The engine room fire-fighting system had been activated, the boat had been stopped and all power turned off. After initial assessment, no smoke was now present, but the engine room hatch was very warm to touch. It was decided that the vessel would be towed to the nearest safe haven and be checked over by the local fire brigade. A tow was established by Lowestoft Lifeboat and proceeded towards Orford Haven with Aldeburgh ILB alongside.When Aldeburgh ALB arrived on scene they took over the tow and proceeded to Orford Haven and Lowestoft Lifeboat were stood down and returned to station. On arrival at Orford Quay, the fire brigade checked the vessel over and gave the all clear. The heat and smoke was due to an overheated engine and turbo failure.

Crew:
Launched: RFS: 00:15Weather: Wind: Sea:

Callout No. 2   Callout No. 6


10th July 2015

Requested to launch the ALB by Humber Coastguard to a 32ft yacht aground at the mouth of the River Ore, Aldeburgh. The ILB was also tasked. As the ALB was approaching the casualty location, it was confirmed that the ILB had towed the yacht into deeper water, where they checked for water ingress or damage.

No problems were found, so the vessel continued on its passage to Orford. The ALB was stood down and returned to station.

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Callout No. 5


1st July 2015

Aldeburgh ILB had launched on Exercise into the River Alde. Shortly after launching they were tasked by Humber Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing 75yr old with dementia. An additional crew member was taken to the launch site to assist with the search. The casualty was eventually found safe and well by the local Aux Coastguard and handed into the care of the police. The ILB was released shortly after this was confirmed and returned to station.

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Callout No. 4


23rd June 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Aldeburgh ILB, to assist the police in locating a vulnerable adult, who was threatening to enter the water at Thorpeness, a couple of miles North of Aldeburgh. Police, Ambulance, Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard units were on scene. The ILB was launched and proceeded towards the casualty location.

After a couple of minutes, information regarding the casualty indicated that they were now safe and in the care of the Ambulance Service. The ILB was stood down and returned to station.

Crew:
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Callout No. 1


17th June 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Aldeburgh ALB to assist a motor boat with engine failure off Aldeburgh. After some initial confusion on the position of the vessel, it was located approx 3.5nm South East from the station, close to the Aldeburgh Ridge Bank. The vessel was not at anchor when on scene.

The skipper stated they had suffered engine failure and suspected a fuel problem and requested a tow to his home port of Woodbridge, in the River Deben. Once the tow was established, the skipper of the vessel made contact with a local work boat from the River Deben and it was agreed the Lifeboat would tow to the entrance of the river. The work boat would resume the tow up river to his mooring at Woodbridge. When at the Haven Buoy, the tow was released and handed over to the work boat. ALB returned to station.

Crew:
Launched: 10:40 RFS: Both Boats 14;05Weather: Wind: Sea:

Callout No. 3


8th June 2015

Aldeburgh ILB was requested to launch from Humber Coastguard following a 999 call from an occupant of a small sailing dinghy in the River Alde. While returning to Aldeburgh Yacht Club, the rudder had snapped from its fixings and the dinghy was blown onto shore, leaving the occupants stranded. The ILB launched and soon located the dinghy stranded on the river bank. All occupants were taken off and transferred to a work boat from the yacht club and brought ashore. The ILB returned to the dinghy and towed it back to the launch site. Aldeburgh Aux Coastguard attended and examined the casualties, they were cold and wet, but not in need of any medical attention

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Callout No. 2


28th May 2015

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of an inflatable with engine failure, off the shore north of Aldeburgh. The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was launched at 16.02, at the request of Thames Coastguard, to a report of an inflatable, with engine failure. There was one person on board. Once on scene, the ILB took the craft in tow and returned it to Sizewell.

The casualty, who was wet and cold, was then handed over to the Coast Guards, who were standing by on shore. The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 17.10.

Crew:
Launched: 16:02 RFS: 17:10Weather: Wind: Sea:

Callout No. 1


21st April 2015

Requested to launch by Thames Coastguard, following a report that a local fishing vessel had suffered engine failure and needed assistance. The ILB was launched and proceeded to the casualty position, close inshore off Sizewell beach.

Once on scene the vessel was found to be at anchor, the owner requested a tow back to Sizewell beach. A tow was established and the vessel towed in. The local Aux Coastguard were in attendance to assist. The ILB returned to station.

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