Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat helps yacht in difficulty
On Wednesday 21 March Rye Harbour volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a UK Coastguard request to aid a yacht in trouble just beyond the mouth of the River Rother.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 11pm in calm, overcast conditions, reaching the yacht in 15 minutes. Taking over responsibility from a Hastings RNLI lifeboat crew already in attendance, two Rye Harbour crew members went aboard the yacht to support the skipper who had become disorientated.
The Rye Harbour lifeboat escorted the yacht safely into the river to moorings near the lifeboat station.
Tony Peters, lifeboat crew member, commented: 'Erring on the side of caution was the safest option here. We would far rather go out and put our training to good use than have a situation escalate because someone in trouble at sea has been slow to call for help.’
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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.