RNLB ‘Freddie Cooper’ at the Maintenance Facility at RNLI Headquarters in Poole undergoing a refit. The RNLI has a purpose built unit for building and maintaining Lifeboats and Hovercraft.

Photograph courtesy of Neil Rush

Change in Shop Hours at Aldeburgh



RNLB ” Margaret Jean ” 12-21 on relief at Aldeburgh


RNLB ” Margaret Jean” arriving at Aldeburgh to take up her duties while “Freddie Cooper” is away for a refit

Eight rescued from two stranded boats

Aldeburgh ILB “Christine” was launched to assist 8 people stranded in 2 boats near Snape Quay at 16.28 on September 15th. Aldeburgh Coastguard Search Team located the 2 craft and, in a combined operation with the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Water Rescue team, evacuated the casualties to Iken Cliff. The operations was made difficult with poor visibility, rain and a falling tide. The Water Rescue Team made use of their inflatable walkways to assist the casualties to the ILB. Helmsman David Cook and Crew Luke Cousins are to be congratulated for carrying out a difficult task successfully. The casualties were checked by paramedics from East Anglian Ambulance Service and brought to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station for a hot drink.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue team with one of the inflatable walkways

Suffolk Fire & Rescue team with one of the inflatable walkways

Suffolk Fire & Rescue Water Rescue  Team

Aldeburgh Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ Goes for Refit


Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, is heading down to Poole for a refit.  Some of the crew went down to Ramsgate, earlier in the week, as the station will have a relief lifeboat, another Mersey called Margaret Jean. The crew brought the relief boat to Aldeburgh from Ramsgate on Tuesday 11th October, arriving at the beach at approximately 1pm.  Crew then sailed the Freddie Cooper down to Levington Marina on Thursday 13th October, where she was lifted out and then driven down to Poole by road.  The refit is expected to take about 2 months.

Summer Events

Several events have been planned though out the summer, so we hope you can come and join us :-

6th August – there will be an Open Day between 10am to 4pm for everyone to come and meet the crew and view the boats.

15th August – both boats will be launching at Aldeburgh Carnival at 11am.

27th August – RNLI Street Fair, 10am – 1pm at the Lifeboat Station.

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station to get a new boat

library image of Shannon class lifeboat

RNLI Headquarters have announced that Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station will be getting a Shannon to replace the current boat, a Mersey, to the delight of the Coxswain, Steve Saint and all the volunteers.  Please find the link below for the full press release.



Successful MayDay Event

A tremendous day was had by all, including some very wet feet and George, the station dog, had to be coned off in the car park as it became too much..!!  A grand total of £1646.68 was raised to go to the charity – a big ‘thank you’ to Chris who organised all the events. Also to all the crew, volunteers, shopkeepers and public who made the week so successful.

May Day Fundraising Events – April 30th

Various events have been organised, in Aldeburgh, on Saturday 30th April to help raise essential funds for the RNLI.  RNLI stations around the UK organise events during the MAYDAY fundraising week (26th April – 2nd May), which is also used to raise the awareness of its importance to the charity.  These events are being held between 10am and 4pm, so come along and help support your local RNLI station :-

  1. Charity Car Wash at Saxmundham Road Co-Op.
  2. Cake Bake Sale, Virtual Balloon Race and other events at the IceCreamery on Aldeburgh High Street.
  3. Visit the Gazebo’s at the Co-Op on Aldeburgh High Street and Saxmundham Road.

Service to JITNIE – 16th March 2016

Jitnie 1 Jitnie 3 Jitnie 5 Jitnie Helo



RNLBs FREDDIE COOPER & CHRISTINE were launched by Humber Coastguard to Belgian motor Cruiser JITNIE aground on Orfordness after the Aldeburgh Coastguard team had found the JITNIE when investigating a report of red flares to the South of Aldeburgh. The JITNIE was towed to the mouth of the River Ore and the CHRISTINE took over the tow to Orford Quay. The sole crew on the JITNIE was unharmed but the JITNIE sustained damaged to her rudder.

Jitnie 6 Jitnie 7

We would like to thank HM Coastguard Aldeburgh and Ann Marie Jacobs for the use of their photgraphs.


Next Exercise

The next Lifeboat exercises are on:-

Sunday 18th June at 9.00 am

Sunday 2nd July at 9.00 am

Tuesday 11th July 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

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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Weather feed provided by Slaughden Sailing Club
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