ILB Services 2012

No.15 Date 31/09/2012 Launch time 15.30

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a whale that had beached itself.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 15.30 by Thames Coastguard, to a report of 30 foot whale that had beached itself. The whale was stuck on a shingle bank off Shingle Street, at the mouth of the River Ore, south of Aldeburgh.  The crew of the Lifeboat were tasked to assist the Coastguard and ensure the safety of the public, who were trying to cross the river to look at the whale. While the Lifeboat was on their way to the whale, it was reported that it had unfortunately died.  The Lifeboat crew assisted Shingle Street Coastguards across the river, so they would be able to tether the whale, to ensure it didn’t become a shipping hazard.

Steve Saint, Coxswain at RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, said “It’s been one of the most unusual callouts in a varied year.”

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 17.40.

 

No.14 Date 08/09/2012 Launch time 17.19

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a broken down speed boat.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 17.19 by Thames Coastguard after a local speed boat owner contacted the boathouse requiring assistance as they had broken down in the River Ore. The boathouse contacted Thames CG who then paged for an ILB launch into the river at Slaughden. The ILB proceeded to the area, located the casualty, a tow was established and commenced back to Slaughden quay. The casualty was assisted back onto his trailer.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station 19.55

 

No.13 Date 07/09/2012 Launch time 20.45

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a person calling for help.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 20.45 by Thames Coastguard into the River Alde to search for a person who was heard calling “HELP HELP” by members of staff from the Aldeburgh yacht club. Once launched, the ILB conducted a search of the local area around the moorings and yachts. The local CG team searched the shoreline and where joined by the police and a dog unit. A thorough search was made and nothing was found. People on yachts moored in the area where also asked if they had heard anything but all said they had heard nothing. After consultation between all services it was agreed to call off the search.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station 22.47

 

No.12 Date 03/09/2012 Launch time 13.05

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a barge passenger suffering chest pains.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 13.05 by Thames Coastguard following a report that a barge moored in the River Alde had a passenger suffering cold sweats and chest pains. The barge crew had already moved the passenger onto the deck before the ILB crew arrived. Once on scene the ILB crew assessed the casualty and placed them on Oxygen and were advised by the coastguard that Rescue Helo 125 had also been tasked. The ILB crew continued their assessments and when the Helo was on scene the casualty was transferred to the ILB for the Helicopter winch man to be lowered and carry out his assessments, before winching the casualty to be taken to hospital for further checks.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station 14.05

 

No.11 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 ILB was making its way to the casualty they confirmed they had refloated and that all was well, and they would be carrying on with their passage.

ILB ‘Christine’ was stood down and returned to station 09.05

 

No.10 Date 18/08/2012 Launch time 03.30

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a missing person in the River Alde.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 03.30 by Thames Coastguard following a report that a small vessel with occupant had gone into the River Alde, but was nowhere to be seen. ILB searched up towards West Row, with nothing found. Coastguard rescue teams, along with Rescue Helo 125 were also involved in the search. Shortly after, one of the volunteer crew members spotted the casualty walking through Aldeburgh High St. The person in question was taken back to Aldeburgh Yacht Club and the rest of the search teams were stood down.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station 04.30

 

No.9 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 Alde/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 ILB was making its way to the river entrance, it was confirmed that the vessel had refloated and no longer required assistance.

ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station 16.30

 

No.8 Date 03/08/12  Launch time 11.30

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a yacht seen drifting in the mouth of the River Ore.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 11.30 by Thames Coastguard, to a report of a drifting yacht.  A coastguard team on patrol in the area spotted a yacht drifting in the mouth of the River Ore.  The ILB was launched to assist the casualty.  On arrival at scene, the ILB assessed that there were no crew on board.  In order to make the yacht safe, a towrope was attached and towed by the ILB to Orford.

The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 16.15.

 

No.7 Date 01/08/12  Launch time 16.37

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.6 Date 12/07/12  Launch time 19.03. 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.5 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.4 Date 24/03/12  Launch time 10.06.

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’, to a report of a dog in the North Sea off Sizewell beach.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 09.57, tasked to rescue a dog in the sea some distance off Sizewell beach and its owner also in the water.  The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 10.06.  On arrival at scene, the dog had fortunately managed to swim back to shore, with its owner safely back on the beach.  The ILB crew were stood down and the casualties left with the Coastguard team that were also on scene.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 11.30.

 

No.3 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’ to station at 19.00, with the ILB ‘Christine’ returning at 20:30.

 

No.2 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. 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.

 

No.1 Date 01/01/2012 Launch time 16.15

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of two overdue people in a Kayak.

The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 16.15 by Thames Coastguard, to assist in a search for two overdue people in a Kayak on the River Alde, they had not arrived at the destination and their parents were worried. Upon launching the persons arrived back at the launch site all safe and well.

ILB was stood down and returned to station at 16.30

 

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