Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station

Today’s lifeboat station at Rye Harbour operates an inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat. During its 165-year history Rye Harbour saw one of the worst lifeboat disasters in the RNLI’s history when 17 crew lost their lives in 1928.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station

12.37pm 14 September 2020
12.20pm 26 August 2020
2.38pm 11 August 2020
2.38pm 11 August 2020
12.51pm 10 August 2020
4.10pm 9 August 2020
12.18pm 3 August 2020
2.49pm 31 July 2020
10.53am 12 July 2020
4.28pm 2 July 2020
11.16am 24 June 2020
5.00pm 2 June 2020
1.33pm 8 April 2020
11.02am 14 March 2020
10.42am 9 October 2019
2.27pm 3 October 2019
12.55pm 20 September 2019
9.33pm 13 September 2019
11.07pm 31 August 2019
3.30pm 26 August 2019

Today's weather

11°C Rain
Min: 11°C Max: 11°C
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While our lifeboat stations remain operational and are continuing to launch to those at peril at sea, they are not currently open to visitors. 

Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station
Harbour Road
Rye Harbour
East Sussex
TN31 7TU

Station phone number

01797 223693


Disabled access

Visiting times

By appointment only

Visitor contact

Tony Edwards 

Visitor contact phone number

01797 223693

Shop hours

From the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in November
10am–2pm every Sunday

News and media from Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station

Article People
RNLI Rye Harbour remembers a good friend and generous donor
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Article Heritage
Remembering sacrifice and courage at RNLI Rye Harbour
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Article Crew training
RNLI Rye Harbour: Four tractor drivers and one helm pass all their assessments
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Article Fundraising
101 Marathons: 73,346.2 miles and a warm welcome at RNLI Rye Harbour
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Bring the crew home safe this Christmas

Volunteer lifeboat crews are busier than ever. The risks they face are greater. The costs to keep them safe are rising. But income is falling. Can they and their families count on your kindness this Christmas?