ALB Services 2016

No.1 16/3/16  Description: Aldeburgh’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 10.40am on Wednesday 16th March, after there was a report of a small motor cruiser aground near Orford Lighthouse.

RNLI Aldeburgh All Weather Lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, was launched when it was reported, by the local Volunteer Coastguard team, that there was a small Motor cruiser found aground near Orford Lighthouse.  Once the vessel was located, it was discovered that there was a single person on board.  There were several attempts to tow the casualty off the beach.  Once in tow, the casualty reported that they had lost their rudder and unable to steer.  The cruiser was towed to the entrance of the River Alde and Ore, where the Aldeburgh ILB, ‘Christine’, took over the tow.  They continued to tow the casualty into Orford.

Aldeburgh ALB and ILB returned to station at 14.05.

 

No.2 8/5/16  Description:  Aldeburgh’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 6.10 am on Sunday 8th May, at the request of Humber Coastguard,  after there was a report of a 34 foot motor vessel drifting due to engine and electrical failure.

Once launched, RNLI Aldeburgh ALB Freddie Cooper searched the area, as it was unclear of the whereabouts of the casualty.  Once the vessel was located, 3 miles North of Southwold, the casualty crew reported that they had managed to restart the engine.  A lifeboat crew member was transferred on board and the casualty was then escorted to Southwold, to ensure they remained safe.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 8.45am.

 

No.3 29/5/16  Description:  Aldeburgh’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was launched at 20.50 on Sunday 29th May, at the request of Humber Coastguard, after there was a report of a 30 foot yacht, with 3 persons on board, drifting due to steering failure off Sizewell.

Once launched, RNLI Aldeburgh ALB Freddie Cooper located the casualty approximately 5 miles east of Sizewell.  A tow rope was passed to the casualty and secured.  The casualty was then taken into tow, with the destination being Lowestoft, as the tide was too low to take the yacht into Southwold.  Humber Coastguard then tasked Lowestoft Lifeboat to launch to take over the tow.

Once the casualty was safely handed over to Lowestoft Lifeboat, the ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to station at 00.15.

 

No.4 10/7/16  Description:  Aldeburgh’s All Weather Lifeboat, the ‘Freddie Cooper’ and Inshore Lifeboat, the ‘Christine,’ were launched at 6.36pm on Sunday 10th July, after there was a report of a 10 metre rowing boat in difficulty near Orford Lighthouse.

RNLI Aldeburgh All Weather Lifeboat, Freddie Cooper, was launched when it was reported, by the crew on the rowing boat who were on a round Britain Challenge, that they were in difficulty south east of Orford Lighthouse. The rowing boat crew were overcome by the wind and tide and making no headway, so had anchored and called for assisstance.  Once the vessel was located, it was discovered that there were four persons on board.  There were several attempts to release the anchor.  Once it was freed, by towing the boat over it, Aldeburgh ALB took the casualty into the mouth of the River Ore as the seas were rough and would have caused problems with transferring the tow to the ILB.  The weather on scene was southerly force 6 with a 3 metre swell.  The Aldeburgh ILB took over the tow into Orford Haven where the casualty then moored.

Aldeburgh ILB returned to station, via the river, at 9.50pm.  Aldeburgh ALB returned to sation at 10pm.

 

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

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