Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C


Lifeboats called to motor cruiser reporting fire on board

PUBLISHED: 16:44 09 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:44 09 August 2015

The lifeboat towing 'Jodi' after the incident.

The lifeboat towing 'Jodi' after the incident.


Three Suffolk RNLI lifeboats were called into action on Saturday after a motor cruiser off Orford sent out a mayday call reporting an engine fire on board.

Aldeburgh and Lowestoft All Weather Lifeboats were having a break at Southwold lifeboat station - after taking part in a mock rescue demonstration for the town’s lifeboat day - when they were called to go to the aid of the motor cruiser off Orford.

Lifeboat coxswain John Fox said; “We had just enjoyed a fish and chip meal with our fellow crewmen when at 1pm the Aldeburgh crew’s pagers sounded an alert.

“Aldeburgh’s inshore lifeboat ‘Christine’ was immediately launched from its home base while Humber Coastguard tasked the two all weather lifeboats to head from Southwold to the incident.”

Mr Fox added: “In our new, faster Shannon-class lifeboat ‘Patsy Knight’ it took us less than thirty minutes to reach the vessel in distress which was one and a half miles off Orford Light.

“When we arrived our colleagues in the inshore lifeboat were already on scene and they were making sure that the two crew and their two dogs on board the boat, an 11 metre motor cruiser name ‘Jodi’, were OK.

“There was an electrical burning smell and the engine room hatch was very hot. The cruiser’s crew wanted to keep the hatch closed to starve any fire of oxygen and to be taken to the nearest quayside where the cause could be investigated fully.

“We attached a line and began towing the cruiser towards the River Alde before passing the line to the Aldeburgh’s Mersey-Class lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ to complete the mission.”

Aldeburgh’s Second Coxswain Karl Barber said: “We towed the boat to Orford Quay, where the fire service were waiting to check over the vessel.

“Fortunately all was OK. We finally got back to Aldeburgh at approximately 5pm.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she “continues to wait for the phone call” as the search for her son goes on.

Embryo transferring is ‘possible’ for Suffolk Punch horses to help increase breeding numbers.

A man accused of raping a woman after a night out in Lowestoft has claimed she told him she wanted a “threesome”, a court has heard.

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a woman in her 70s was the victim of rogue trader scam in Ipswich.

Police are appealing for information following a frightening incident in Thaxted where an 18-year-old woman was assaulted.

A man who helped pull a semi-conscious man from a building on fire has said he did not hesitate before going in.

A 25-year-old catering assistant at Colchester Zoo who sexually assaulted a schoolboy has been jailed for seven years.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads


Click here to view
the Eating Out


Visit the Broads


Click here to view
the Visit the Broads


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24