Sea Safety in the Harbour: the long and the short of it
This morning (Sunday 8 April) at Fox Marina in Rye, Derek and Jean Phillips ran their annual safety checks on the life jackets of local water users.
The couple have been running the clinic for fifteen years and are dedicated to ensuring that people’s equipment meets the highest safety standards. Derek said, ‘The success of this event relies heavily upon the support of James Bateman, the Harbour Master at Rye, and his deputy, Karl Sandercock, as well as the Rye Boat Owners’ Association. We'd also like to say a big thank you to Fox Marina which provides the venue.’
Derek and Jean’s motivation to promote safety at sea at all times stems from their involvement with the sea for over forty years as sailors and boat-owners. They give their time and expertise freely and both volunteer locally as part of the Sea Safety team. Life jackets need to be regularly checked and the main task of this clinic is to identify any fault, enabling the owners to rectify it. Derek said that the failure rate each year is between 10-15% and this is similar to the nationwide figure.
Cedric Hillier, a local resident, said that often the problem arises when people buy a new craft which comes with life jackets and presume that they are in top condition: sadly this is often not the case.
The clinic checks 90 to 100 jackets each year for free; many choose to make a donation and the proceeds go to the RNLI. Glenda visited along with friends. She couldn’t praise the service highly enough. ‘The best thing is that it is on my doorstep,’ she said, ‘and the atmosphere is always so welcoming.'
Big thanks go to Derek and Jean for their dedication to saving lives at sea through proper safety checks and showing people how to Respect the Water.
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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.