Rye Harbour and Dungeness RNLI join forces in assisting a fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 5 July Dungeness Lifeboat responded to a request from HM Coastguard to go to the assistance of a broken-down boat off Dungeness Point.

vessel and lifeboat in harbour

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Stricken Vessel safely tied up at the quay in Rye Harbour


Rye Harbour RNLI was then asked to assist in towing the stricken vessel safely into the Harbour quay. At 12.25 the volunteer crew launched their boat in good weather but as they got out to sea a thick mist descended and visibility was down to half a mile. The two lifeboats met 3 miles south of the Rye Harbour entrance and the vessel, a 16ft Warrior 150 pleasure angling craft, was hitched to the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat from Rye Harbour and was towed safely into the station.

Paul Castle, skipper of the Macacan, said, “A big thank you from us for a marvellous job well done. We will be giving a good donation to the RNLI. We are grateful for the speedy response. When we broke down we were right near the shipping lanes and there was a great deal of traffic but we were able to drop anchor and wait for help.’

Tony Peters, helm at Rye Harbour commented, ‘This shout was a good example of how the RNLI is just not close family within the station but also how neighbouring stations are part of our extended family. We all work as a team to save lives at sea.”

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crew members and Tony Peters Helm

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briefing by helm Tony Peters at Rye Harbour RNLI station
tractor and lifeboat in the river

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tractor had to go deeply into the water of the Rother so the lifeboat could be launched
tractor and lifeboat soon on dry land

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Rye Harbour boat safely back and soon on dry land
Winni Jarvis

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Winni Jarvis fro Tower lifeboat station joined the crew today
lifeboat and stricken vessel retuning to station

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being towed along the River Rother to safety

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, 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.

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