ILB Services 2015

No. 1  21/04/2015  Description: 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.


No. 2  28/05/2015  Description: 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.


No. 3  8/06/2015  Description: 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.

The ILB returned to station.


No. 4  23/06/2015  Description: 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.


No. 5  1/07/2015  Description: 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.


No. 6  10/07/2015  Description: ILB requested to launch by Humber Coastguard to a 32ft yacht aground at the mouth of the River Ore, Aldeburgh.

ALB 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. As none were found, the vessel continued on its passage to Orford.

Both boats returned to station.


No. 7  3/08/2015  Description: Aldeburgh ILB was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard, to assist the Aldeburgh ALB get a line on a vessel ashore at Orford Ness.  Just before arriving on scene the Aldeburgh ALB managed to get a line aboard the casualty and pull them clear of the beach. Once it was established there was no damage, the ILB returned to station.


No. 8  8/08/2015  Description: 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.


No. 9  14/08/2015  Description: 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.


No. 10  14/08/2015  Description: 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.


No. 11  6/09/2015  Description: Aldeburgh ILB requested to launch by Humber Coastguard to a small leisure fishing vessel aground at Orford Ness, South of Aldeburgh.

Aldeburgh ALB was also tasked, but where stood down when it became apparent that the casualty vessel was river side of Orford ness and not sea side. The vessel was located in the river and with some assistance had managed to free itself. After checking the casualty was safe, the ILB returned to station.

Next Exercise

The next Lifeboat exercise is on:-

Monday 21st August 2017 at 11am.

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


Treasure chest prize for the winners plus medals

Steven Saint Coxswain

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