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The Aldeburgh Lifeboat

There are two lifeboats based in Aldeburgh, an inshore one and an offshore one, both manned by volunteer crews. It is a tradition that on the main day of the annual Aldeburgh Carnival both boats are launched and joined by an Air Sea Rescue Helicopter who meet up and perform various demonstrations to the crowds that gather on the beach.

Principal amongst this involves dropping some poor sod into the sea and showing various ways of retrieving them and transferring them to and from the Lifeboat and Helicopter - thoroughly entertaining!

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat Official Website

About the RNLI

Funded by charitable donations, the lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have saved over 140,000 lives at sea since 1824 (a figure that grows on average by 22 a day). If you get the chance please help by either direct donation or purchasing RNLI merchandise!

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The Aldeburgh Lifeboat Memorial

It should be remembered Lifeboats are manned by volunteer crews who risk their lives to save others and as well as their successes there is a tragic history of loss. Aldeburgh Lifeboat is no exception which met with a disaster in 1899 that is commemorated by a monument in the Graveyard at Aldeburgh Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul which reads as follows:

Monument

On December 7th 1899, in Response to
Signals of Distress a Crew of 18 Brave
Men Manned the Lifeboat “Aldeburgh”
which was speedily Launched in the Teeth of
an Easterly Gale and a Heavy Rolling Sea.
At Duties call to Rescue others
with Their own Lives in Their Hands,
These Brave Men went Afloat when alas!
The Boat Capsizing Seven of Them Met Their
End and Lie Buried Here.
By a large Fund Promptly raised to Provide
for Those thus Suddenly Bereft, as well as
by the Monument, Fellow Townsmen and
Fellow-Countrymen Near and Far paid tribute
to an Example of Noble Self-Forgetfulness


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