Former Coxswain Lee Firman awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List

Lee Firman started volunteering with the charity 21 years ago at Aldeburgh.  Lee, now aged 39, has been a volunteer Coxswain and crew member at Aldeburgh. Lee, who lives in Chester, has also spent time at Angle and St Ives Lifeboat Stations in his role as Fleet Staff coxswain and is currently working as a Divisional Operations Manager for the RNLI.

RNLB Freddie Cooper returns from refit on 21st December 2016


Freddie Cooper in the boat lift at Levington Marina having arrived by road from Poole.

Margaret Jean 12-21 and Freddie Cooper 12-34 were moored alongside each other and equipment was transferred to Freddie Cooper

Waiting for the cox’n to finish the paperwork

Freddie Cooper leaving Levington Marina

Freddie Cooper arriving home at Aldeburgh

The legacy of the Aldeburgh acorns: How one lifeboatman’s superstition lives on

Read the article published in the R.N.L.I. Magazine
The acorns from Augustus Mann’s pocket now preserved and carried onboard Aldeburgh’s lifeboats



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.



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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Weather feed provided by Slaughden Sailing Club
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