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Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat 'Hello Herbie II' tows fishing vessel back to harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.40pm last Tuesday, Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s new lifeboat 'Hello Herbie II' was requested to launch to assist a local fishing boat.

19ft Motor Fishing Vessel being towed back to Rye Harbour

RNLI/Tony Edwards

The 19 foot motor fishing vessel (mfv) had broken down half a mile south of the harbour entrance. The lifeboat crew volunteers soon secured a tow line and brought the boat and her crew safely back to her moorings without any casualties.

The final fund raising event for the station's new lifeboat will be an illustrated talk about the Mary Stanford disaster, the worst in the history of the RNLI, where the Rye Harbour crew of 17 all lost their lives.

This will be held on Friday 20 October at 6pm in Rye Harbour Church of the Holy Spirit. Tickets £20 (including wine and canapes) are available from Claire Stephenson on 01797 222032 or rc.stephenson@btinternet.com

RNLI media contacts

  • Steve Griffin, RNLI Rye Harbour Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07710 297606/
    steve.griffin.rnli@outlook.com

  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426 Mob: 07785 296252, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity 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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends 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 142,700 lives.

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