ALB Services 2010

No 7 Date 22/10/10 Launch Time 16.00 hrs Gentle breeze, Sea State Slight

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ this afternoon, after an urgent call from a yacht 25 miles off Aldeburgh, with an unwell member of crew on board.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard, at 16.00, to a yacht 25 miles off Aldeburgh.  The skipper of the 30-foot yacht became so unwell, that the other crewmember had to call for assistance. The RNLI Lifeboat was launched to rescue the casualty at 16.13, in slight seas and winds of 9-10 knots.  RNLI Harwich Lifeboat was also launched to rescue the unwell skipper, with the RNLI ‘Freddie Cooper’ tasked to tow the yacht back to safety.  It is anticipated that the Aldeburgh Lifeboat will be not be returning to station until 2.00am.         

       

No 6 Date 16/09/10 Launch Time 10.12 hrs Light breeze, Sea State Calm

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’, this morning, after a mayday call from a yacht 4 miles south of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were requested to launch by Thames Coastguard, at 09.59, to a yacht 4 miles south of Aldeburgh.  The yacht was sailing to Southwold, when they got stuck on a sandbank and broke their rudder.  The crew then put out a mayday call. Both RNLI lifeboats were launched to rescue the casualty at 10.12, in calm seas and a light breeze.  After arriving to the casualty, at 10.25, the lifeboat crews finally managed to free the yacht.  The ILB ‘Christine’ returned to station, while the RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ escorted the yacht for one hour, to observe if there were steering problems due to the broken rudder.  Once the crew of the yacht were satisfied they were able to proceed unescorted, they carried on to Shotley Marina.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station at 13.00.  

 

No 5 Date 9/09/10 Launch Time 05.53 hrs Light breeze, Sea State Calm

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’, this morning, after a call to a yacht 35 miles east of Aldeburgh.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard, at 05.50, to a yacht 35 miles east of Aldeburgh.  The yacht was sailing to Holland, when they lost their mast.  A passing yacht was assisting them. The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched to rescue the casualty at 05.53, in calm seas and a light breeze.  While en route to the casualty, the yacht’s crew had managed to free the mast by cutting the rigging.  The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was then stood down, as the yacht’s crew reported they could continue their journey using their engine.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ returned to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station at 06.35.

No 4 Date 2/09/10 Launch Time 22.07 hrs Moderate breeze, Sea State Slight to Moderate

Description: Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station launched the RNLI’s ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’, this evening, after a call to an uncontrollable barge several miles out to sea.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ and ILB ‘Christine’ were requested to launch, by Thames Coastguard, at 21.56 to an uncontrollable barge several miles off Thorpeness.  The barge was sailing from Beverley in Yorkshire, to Sandwich in Kent, when they experienced problems.  The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched at 22.07 and ILB ‘Christine’ at 22.09, in slight to moderate seas and a moderate breeze.  After an initial examination of the barge, the ILB ‘Christine returned to station.  Two RNLI crew members were placed on board and the ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ attempted to escort the barge, under its own steam, to Harwich.  Unfortunately, as it was so uncontrollable, towlines then had to be put into position. The barge is now being towed to Harwich, with an expected arrival time of 02.30.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ Coxswain estimates their return time to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station to be 05.30.

No 3 Date 1/09/10 Launch Time 18.41 hrs Light breeze, Sea State calm

Description: The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch, by the Coastguard, at 18.30 to a light aircraft that had to ditch in the sea approximately 3 miles off Orford Ness, at North Shipwash.  The light aircraft was flying from Germany, when they experienced problems.  A Mayday call was initiated, followed by the aircraft ditching into the sea.  There were two passengers on board. The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was launched at 18.41, in calm seas and a light breeze.  While en route to the casualties, the RAF helicopter arrived rescuing the two casualties from their life raft.  They were taken to hospital as a precaution. On arrival to the area the aircraft had ditched, it had already sunk, so a search was carried out for debris.  Very little was left of the aircraft, but what was discovered was transferred to the Harwich RNLI lifeboat, that was assisting, to be taken back to shore.

Steve Saint, Coxswain, said, “The casualties were extremely lucky, it was a good effort by all.”

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

No 2 Date 17/07/10 Launch Time 11.05 hrs Wind Force 4

Description: The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 10.55, to a yacht that was in difficulty 35 miles east of Orford Ness.  The 30-foot Finnish yacht was sailing from Amsterdam to Sheerness, when they experienced fuel problems.  They were initially assisted by a guard vessel that was nearby, but the RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was then called upon to give further assistance.  The ALB was launched at 11.03 in winds of force 4 and arrived on scene at 13.05.  On arrival to the casualty, a towline was sent across and the yacht was towed to Shotley Marina, arriving at 21.00.

The RNLI ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ crew finally returned to station at 22.45.

No 1 Date 20/05/10 Launch Time 10.30 hrs Wind Force & Sea State 1 Calm

Description: The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ was requested to launch at 10.25, to a local fishing boat that was having engine problems. The boat had been fishing five miles out to sea and had developed engine failure. Despite trying to restart the engine, the fishermen were unsuccessful, so called for assistance. The ‘Freddie Cooper was launched at 10.30, in calm seas and a westerly breeze of  1-2. The ALB crew arrived on scene at 10.50, to find the casualty drifting. They towed the casualty back to the beach at Aldeburgh.

The ALB ‘Freddie Cooper’ crew returned to station at 11.40.

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Steven Saint Coxswain

Steven Saint.
Coxswain of the Aldeburgh Lifeboat.

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