No. 8 Date 19/08/2013
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ at the request of Thames CoastGuard following a report from a fishing vessel that had found a small dinghy at anchor with no persons onboard approx 7km south of Aldeburgh.
It was believed that the dinghy had been stolen from Aldeburgh beach the previous evening, which had been reported by the dinghy’s owner, who was safe and well ashore. The ALB was tasked to conduct an expanding box search, extending from the dinghy’s position, looking for a possible person in the water.
Aldeburgh ILB, Harwich ALB and SAR Helo 125 were also tasked to search the area. After a thorough search, it became known that a further fishing vessel had found the dinghy drifting earlier in the day and had itself put it to anchor, stating he was unable to contact the coastguard to notify anyone.
With no reported missing persons and the area searched, the ALB was stood down and returned to station. On return, further information was received the dinghy may have been pushed into the water by some youths, but this is unconfirmed.
A false alarm with good intent.
Returned to station at 14.10
No.7 Date 26/07/13 Launch time 08.00
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ assist Portsmouth EOD Unit to establish a safety zone.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard, to assist Portsmouth EOD Unit in establishing a safety zone around a detonation site, following the discovery of ordinance by a local Auxillary Coastguard Unit. Once on scene, the ILB remained in the area to make any vessels aware of the detonation. The ILB returned to station once this was completed.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 11.20.
No.6 Date 16/07/13 Launch time 18.12
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a boat reported to be aground in the River Alde.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 18.12 to assist a boat that had run aground on top of tide. The mobile phone on board had run out of power. The ILB was launched prior to high tide to get the boat off the mud. As they got to the grounding site, the boat had managed to get themselves off the mud. The ILB returned to station once they had established the casualty was safe.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 18.40.
No.5 Date 11/06/13 Launch time 14.40
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to assist a sailing yacht which had run aground in the River Alde.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 14.40 to assist a yacht that had run aground close to Iken, near Snape, on the river Alde. After launching and en route, the casualty reported that they had successfully refloated and were making way. The ILB continued to the yacht and assisted them safely through a narrow channel until in deeper water.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 15.30.
No.4 Date 09/06/13 Launch time 19.20
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to assist the local Coastguard and Police to search for a missing elderly person.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 19.20 and were tasked to carry out a shoreline search from Aldeburgh, northwards to Dunwich beach. The missing person was located sitting in the sea near Dunwich. Due to the sea conditions, the ILB was unable to approach the casualty. As the location was remote, Rescue Helicopter 125 was tasked to airlift the casualty to Hospital. Aldeburgh ILB remained on scene until the lift was complete.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station at 22.10.
No.3 Date 31/05/13 Alerted 22.55
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station were alerted to a powerboat with engine failure, but were stood down before launching.
Stood down at 23.06.
No.2 Date 26/05/13 Launch time 13.50
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to assist in the search for unaccounted swimmers, at Southwold.
133 swimmers were involved in a charity swimming race at Southwold Pier. Shortly after it started, it became apparent that a number of swimmers were struggling with the tide and cold sea temperature. Southwold Lifeboat and Lifeguard Unit were quickly on scene, but as large numbers of swimmers were still unaccounted for, both Aldeburgh Lifeboats were requested to launch and tasked to search the area, in addition to Lowestoft Lifeboat. After the area was thoroughly searched, the Lifeboats were advised that all swimmers had been accounted for, so were stood down.
Both boats returned to station at 17.00.
No.1 Date 04/05/13 Launch time 16.08
Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat ‘Christine’ to a report of a yacht aground south of Orford Lighthouse.
The RNLI ILB ‘Christine’ was requested to launch at 15.59 by Thames Coastguard, to a Mayday call, from the crew of a 37-foot yacht that had run aground on Orford Ness. The yacht had suffered engine failure and the crew were unable to raise the sails due to the onshore winds. On arrival at scene, the yacht was found to be on the beach and laid on its starboard side. The yacht’s crew had managed to get ashore safely. The crew beached the ILB and checked the yacht’s crew were unharmed and didn’t need medical attention. The yacht appeared to have no major damage, but was pounded by the onshore wind. Once the ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ arrived on scene, the yachts owner requested that an attempt was made in pulling the yacht free. A Lifeboat crewman boarded the yacht and a towline was passed and connected to the ALB. After a gentle pull, the yacht eased off the beach and refloated. Once freed, the yacht was checked over to ensure it had not sustained any damage. With the owner’s permission, the yacht was towed to safety by the ALB, to the mouth of the River Alde. The ILB then took over the tow, taking the casualty further up the River Alde to Slaughden Quay and placing it on a suitable mooring.
The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 18.35 and ILB ‘Christine’ returned at 19.30.