ALB Services 2012

No.19 Date 19/11/2012 Launch time 13.45

Description:  Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’  to a report of an object in the sea off Minsmere.  

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 13.41 by Thames Coastguard, to a report of an object in the sea North of Aldeburgh.  On arrival at scene and after a thorough search, it became apparent that it was a false alarm with good intent.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 15.40.

 

No.18 Date 09/10/2012 Launch time 12.15

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a fishing vessel that had lost power.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 12.15 by Thames Coastguard, to a report of fishing vessel that lost its engine, 6 miles due East of Aldeburgh.  On arrival at scene, it became apparent that the crew of the casualty had been unable to restart its’ engine.  The ALB crew passed a line across to enable the fishing vessel to be towed.  The fishing vessel was towed to the mouth of the River Ore, where another fishing vessel took over the tow to Orford Quay.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 15.40.

 

No.17 Date 31/08/2012 Launch time 10.17

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to an activated Epirb.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 10.17 by Yarmouth Coastguard to a 406mhz Epirb that had been activated 40nm south east of Aldeburgh. No communication could be made with the vessel so the ALB and Rescue Helo 125 were tasked to search the area. Whilst proceeding to the search area Rescue 125 located the Epirb but no vessel was found. Yarmouth Coastguard requested the Helo tracked 220 degrees from initial position, the vessel was found safe and well and communication was made via the Helo. With all safe and well the ALB was stood down at 12.26

ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 14.26

 

No.16 Date 30/08/2012 Launch time 12.45

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a yacht with engine failure.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 12.45 by Thames Coastguard, to a yacht that was suffering engine failure and with light winds they were unable to proceed with their passage. The yachts crew had been trying for two hours to restart their engine without success and with gale warnings being issued for later that day, they requested a tow to a safe haven. A tow was established and passage made to Lowesoft where Lowesoft ALB was returning to station and took up the tow into the harbour.

ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station 15.34

 

No.15 Date 28/08/2012 Launch time 07.45

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a yacht aground at the entrance of the River Alde/Ore.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were requested to launch at 07.45 by Thames Coastguard. Communication was established with the casualty vessel, as the ALB was making its way to the casualty when they confirmed they had refloated and that all was well, and they would be carrying on with their passage.

ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was stood down and returned to station 09.05

 

No.14 Date 11/08/2012 Launch time 16.00

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a yacht aground at the mouth of the River Ore.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were requested to launch at 16.00 by Thames Coastguard following a call from the occupant of the yacht requiring assistance. As the ALB was making its way to the river entrance, it was confirmed that the vessel had refloated and no longer required assistance.

ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station 16.30

 

No.13 Date 01/08/12  Launch time 15.53.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a fishing vessel with engine problems.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 15.51 by Thames Coastguard, to a report of 26 foot fishing vessel with engine problems.  On arrival at scene, south of Aldeburgh, the ALB crew passed a towrope across to the casualty.  As the vessel was returning to Orford, the ILB was launched at 16.37 to assist the ALB.  The ALB towed the casualty to the mouth of the River Ore, where the ILB continued the tow to a mooring at Orford.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 18.32, with the ILB ‘Christine’ returning at 19.30.

 

No.12 Date 27/07/12  Launch time 04.20.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a fishing vessel with fuel problems.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 04.10, by Thames Coastguard, to a report of 26 foot fishing vessel with fuel problems.  They launched at 04.20. On arrival, half a mile off Orford Ness, south of Aldeburgh, the ALB transferred crew on board the casualty vessel.  They were able to restart the engine and escorted the fishing vessel to Haven Buoy. The ALB met another fishing vessel, which escorted the casualty up the River Ore.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 07.00.

 

No.11 Date 17/07/12  Launch time 19.12.  Winds, Southwesterly 2-3.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of an object in the water causing a shipping hazard.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 09.50, by Thames Coastguard, to a report of an object in the water causing a shipping hazard.  They launched at 10.10 in Southwesterly winds, Force 2-3.

On arrival at the initial sighting, at 11.05, the ALB searched the area and found the object 15 miles southeast of Aldeburgh.  Two large storage containers, tangled with rope, were located by the crew and eventually brought on board.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 14.30.

 

No.10 Date 12/07/12  Launch time 19.12.  Winds, Southerly 3-4

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboats  ‘Freddie Cooper’ and the Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a vessel that had engine failure.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was launched to assist at 19.03 in southerly winds, 5-10mph, Force 3-4.   On arrival at scene north of Aldeburgh, they found a 40-foot vessel with 2 people on board that had engine failure. It was also found that the battery had failed and the casualty crew were requesting a tow. As the casualty was too large to be towed by the ILB, the RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched at 19.12 and tasked to assist in the rescue.  Once on scene, two RNLI crew were put on board to assist the casualty crew. The ILB passed a towrope to the casualty and the ALB proceeded to tow them to Southwold.  On arrival at Southwold, the RNLI Southwold Lifeboat, who were on exercise, assisted Aldeburgh ALB in berthing the casualty.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 20.30, with the ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returning at 22.45.

 

No 9 Date 21/06/12  Launch time 03.15

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a yacht that had lost steering 12 miles east of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched in easterly winds, force 4, at 3.15am to assist a 35foot yacht, which has lost steering, with 3 people on board.  One of the yachts’ crew was suffering from seasickness.  On arrival at scene, at 4.20am, the crewmember that was unwell was taken off the yacht, onto the ALB and a RNLI crewmember transferred to assist the other yacht crew.  A towline was attached and the yacht was towed back to its’ home port on the River Deben.  On arrival to Orford Haven, at 8.10am, the yacht was handed over to the Harbour Master, who continued the tow.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 09.52.

 

No 7 & 8 Date 19/06/12  Launch time 00.01

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboats  ‘Freddie Cooper’ and the Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a yacht aground at the mouth of the River Ore.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were launched at 00.01 to assist a 25foot yacht, with 1 person on board, which had run aground on the bank of the River Ore.  On arrival at scene, the yacht was found to be listing. The ILB passed a towrope to the casualty and the ALB attempted to pull the yacht off the riverbank.  This proved to be unsuccessful, so the ILB crew rescued the yachts’ lone crew and both Lifeboats returned to station at 03.15. The Lifeboats were then to be launched later in the day at high tide.

Both Lifeboats were launched again at 10.30 in order to return the yachts’ crew and pull the yacht off the riverbank at high tide.  On arrival at scene, the ILB returned the yachtsman. At 11.25am the yacht was now afloat, which enabled the ILB to tow it off the riverbank, after several attempts.  The yacht was then towed out to open sea and, once the towrope was released, accompanied by both Lifeboats to ensure there were no further problems.  After it was considered safe for the yacht to continue their journey, the Lifeboats left the scene at 12.20 and returned to station at 12.55.

 

No.6 Date 8/06/12  Launch time 10.50. Winds Force 10.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ in severe weather conditions, to a report of a drifting yacht, having struck the Aldeburgh Ridge.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launch at 10.50, in severe weather conditions, to assist a 13 meter Dutch yacht, with 4 people on board, which had lost its rudder. The yacht had struck the Aldeburgh Ridge and sustained significant damage to the rudder. On arrival at scene, the lifeboat passed a tow rope to the casualty.  This snapped twice as the yacht was so unstable without its rudder. The RAF Rescue Helicopter, from Wattisham, had also been tasked to the rescue and was requested by the RNLI ALB Coxswain to assist in getting a casualty drogue onto the yacht. The helicopter winch man was lowered onto the yacht to deliver a casualty drogue, in order to help stabilise the casualty.  They then landed near Orford Lighthouse in case they were needed to take the crew off the yacht, if the situation deteriorated. The weather conditions were making the rescue extremely difficult, with winds reaching force 10.  Once in tow, it became apparent that the yacht was low in the water. On questioning the yachts’ crew, it was confirmed that the yacht was taking on water through the hatches and required a salvage pump.  Harwich Lifeboat assisted in transferring a salvage pump across to the casualty. Due to the slow progress of the tow, it was decided to take the casualty to Levington Marina, with both the Aldeburgh and Harwich Lifeboats involved.

Steve Saint, Aldeburgh Lifeboat Coxswain, said “ The conditions were not favourable and the worst I’ve been in for some time, they were lucky to have got back safely.”

RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat, as it is launched and recovered from the beach, was unable to return to Aldeburgh as it was considered unsafe.  It is anticipated that the ‘Freddie Cooper’ will return tomorrow, dependent on the weather.

 

No.5 Date 31/05/12  Launch time 04.30. Winds N 3-4, Sea state – calm.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’, to a report of a motorboat that was taking on water, having struck the Aldeburgh Ridge.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 04.30 to assist a 48-foot motorboat, with 3 people on board, which was taking on water. The boat had struck the Aldeburgh Ridge and sustained significant damage to the hull. On arrival at scene, a salvage pump was used to help remove the water and a towline passed across.  The MTB102, that was accompanying the motorboat, was standing by to assist if required.  As the motorboat was unable to continue its journey, it was towed by the ALB to Lowestoft.  The RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat took over the tow and continued the journey to the Home Port of Lowestoft, where the motorboat will have repairs.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 09.25.

 

No.4 Date 14/05/12  Launch time 13.08.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’, to a report of a motorboat that had lost its engine off Aldeburgh.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 12.52 to assist a 15-meter Dutch motorboat, with 2 people on board, which had lost its engine.  The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 13.08.  On arrival at scene, the ALB passed a towline across and towed the boat to Shotley Marina for repairs.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 18.00.

 

No.3 Date 25/04/12  Launch time 16:26.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to a report of a yacht in difficulty off Sizewell.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 16.19 to assist a 35 foot yacht, with one crew member on board, that had lost its sails and wasn’t making any headway with its engine.  The ALB was launched at 16.26 in SSE winds, 6-7 and tasked to assist the yacht.  On arrival at scene, off Sizewell, a towline was passed to the yacht, which was then towed to Lowestoft, where the RNLI Lowestoft crew took over.

The RNLI ALB  ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 20.30.

 

No.2 Date 12/03/12  Launch time 16:48.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat  ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a boat that had lost its engine off Orford Ness.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 16:34 to assist a 16-foot angling boat that had lost its main engine.  The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 16:48, with the ILB ‘Christine’ launching at 17:21.  On arrival at scene, the ALB attempted to restart the engine, but was unable to do so.  A towline was passed across and the angling boat was then towed to Orford Haven, where they met the ILB.  The ILB took over the towing of the angling boat that continued its journey to Orford Quay for repairs.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 19:00, with the ILB ‘Christine’ returning at 20.30.

 

No. 1 Date 11/01/12  Launch time 16:21. Light Winds.

Description:  Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a boat with engine failure south of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were requested to launch at 16:11 to assist an angling boat that had engine failure engine. The RNLI lifeboats were launched at 16:21, in light winds. However, they were soon stood down as the casualty’s crew managed to restart the engine.

Both boats returned to station at 17:15.

Next Exercise

The next Lifeboat exercises are on:-

Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 6.30 pm

Sunday 30th April at 9.00 am

Sunday 14th May at 9.00 am

Tuesday 30th May at 6.30 pm

These launches are subject to change.

ILB exercises - every Sunday at 9.30am and Thursday 6.30pm, subject to weather and operational requirements

Guild Events

2017 Aldeburgh Annual Treasure Hunt

2pm Saturday 27th May

Start and finish at the Railway Inn, Aldeburgh

£5 per head (£2 for under 16's) - picture puzzles, clues and route map supplied

Light snack available at finish

Raffle

Treasure chest prize for the winners plus medals

Steven Saint Coxswain

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