There has been a lifeboat station in Aldeburgh since 1851. The current building was completed in 1994 and houses The Freddie Cooper, the 14th Lifeboat to be stationed at Aldeburgh. A greetings card showing the building and the view along the beach is available from the Aldeburgh bookshop or form our online shop.
The Aldeburgh lifeboat Freddie Cooper is a Mersey class all weather lifeboat has protected propellers and is relatively lightweight; this makes it suitable for carriage launching from the beach, although it is capable of operating from slipways and may also lie afloat at berths. A small manually launched inflatable X boat is carried on board. This is used to assist in rescuing casualties and can be rowed into locations inaccessible to the all weather lifeboat.