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Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat launched 3 times in 23 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members launched 3 times within 23 hours to go to the aid of stricken vessels.

Rye Harbour's new lifeboat Hello Herbie II

RNLI/Tony Edwards

Hello Herbie II

On Monday 17 July just after 8pm Rye Harbour lifeboat launched to reports of an 11m sloop, Fly, which had run aground at the entrance to the Strand in Rye, with two people aboard.

The yacht was high and dry and the owners were happy to stay on board and wait for the next tide, but early on Tuesday 18 July morning at 6.30am the lifeboat launched again, towed the yacht off the mud bank and escorted it to a mooring at the Strand Quay.

Later that day at 5.38pm the crew were requested to launch to a speedboat aground on the rocks on the western side of the harbour entrance. Camber RNLI lifeguards were in attendance and stood by until the lifeboat arrived on scene. The casualty had suffered engine failure and was towed safely back to the slipway and left in the hands of the owner.

Deputy Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony Edwards, said: ‘These were not life threatening incidents but they do highlight the importance of engine and navigation equipment checks, at all times, by pleasure craft owners in order to ensure the safety of themselves and others.’

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches. The RNLI is independent of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and depends almost entirely on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

RNLI media contacts

  • Steve Griffin, RNLI Rye Harbour Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07710 297606/
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East), 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825,
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
Hello Herbie II leaving on a shout

RNLI/Tony Edwards

Hello Herbie II leaving Rye Harbour

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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