Callout No. 8
4th October 2018
Aldeburgh's All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Freddie Cooper’, was launched on Thursday (4 th ) responding to a Mayday call for a yacht, that was in difficulty south of Aldeburgh. At 5.10pm, there was a UK Coastguard request to launch the ALB to a yacht, with two persons on board, one who was experiencing severe sea sickness. The yacht had an overheated engine and when the crew tried to raise a sail, a rope became jammed. On arrival at scene, at 5.40pm, the situation was assessed by the lifeboat crew. The yacht crew member had been unwell for nearly two hours and it was apparent that his situation would not improve by remaining on the yacht. He was transferred onto the lifeboat, where he was given casualty care assistance.
Whilst returning to station with the unwell crew member, UK Coastguard requested Lowestoft Lifeboat launch to give assistance to the yacht, which was returning to Lowestoft. On arrival to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, lifeboat crew continued to administer care. The casualty recovered and was taken to rejoin his boat in Lowestoft. In the meantime, a workboat, which was nearby, volunteered to escort the yacht. On arrival to the casualty, a Lowestoft lifeboat crew member was put onboard to help lower the sail and to rig a tow. Sea conditions improved as the tide turned and the yacht was brought in safely to Lowestoft, just before 10.30pm.
The yacht crew member, who had severe sea sickness, said he couldn't thank both crews enough for they what did for him. Aldeburgh ALB was back on station at 6.07pm.Crew: Steve Saint (Coxswain),Karl Barber (Second Coxswain), James Cable (Mechanic), Adrian Burns, Victoria Cozens, Luke Cousins