Rye Harbour RNLI involved with multi-agency response to a lost child at Camber
On Sunday 5 August HM Coastguard requested the assistance of Rye Harbour’s inshore lifeboat at 2.32pm. In response, the boat was launched at 2.45 with Tony Peters at the helm. A four-year old female was reported missing on Camber Beach which was thronged with people enjoying the sun
The boat headed to Camber beach and Tony Peters said, ‘I took us into safe but close water. At this point the sea was thronged with people enjoying the calm sea. The Rye Harbour boat was joined by the rescue helicopter from Lydd, the Coastguards, Police and RNLI Lifeguards, all with the same intent, to save the life of the missing youngster.’
Crew-member, Sharon Gozna, added, ‘The Coastguards and Lifeguards used loud-hailers to evacuate the people from the sea. I had never seen this before during an operation at Camber but it was really successful, enabling the lifeboat and helicopter to do a thorough sweep of the water. Anyone left would obviously be in distress.’
This was another operation that showed the strength of agencies all working together. An RNLI Lifeguard water rescue craft ran as close to the water’s edge as possible, the helicopter was overhead and the RNLI Lifeboat was able to search the water unimpeded whilst the Police and Coastguards were assisting on the beach. At 3.55 the youngster was found safe and sound on the shore and the lifeboat returned to station.
Tony Peters, Helm said in the de-briefing that he was very impressed with the professionalism and calmness of his crew, Sharon Gozna, Izzy Sharpe and Matt Ellis, during the shout.
During the prolonged hot weather when the public flock to the beach it is very important to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible. The RNLI advises that children are at least risk when supervised. As soon as you get to the beach, it is best to agree a meeting point in case of separation. On RNLI Lifeguard beaches visit the lifeguard hut and they will give you a special wristband to put your contact details on. Always 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, in a normal year, 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.