Rye Harbour inshore lifeboat launches after reports of a broken down jet ski
On Saturday 5 May Rye Harbour RNLI volunteers rescued three people who got into difficulty when their jet ski broke down 300m from the Harbour entrance.
HM Coastguard requested the launch of the Rye Harbour lifeboat in response to reports of a broken down jet ski on the eastern side of the Harbour entrance. The lifeboat launched at 5.10pm and was alongside the casualty five minutes later. Weather conditions at the time were described as good, with clear visibility. Three persons on board were transferred to the lifeboat, a tow was rigged, and the jet ski was towed back to the Rye Harbour slipway where it was handed back to the owners. The lifeboat returned to station at 5.35pm, was refuelled and ready for service again at 6.30pm.
Speaking following the call out Tony Edwards, Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said, ‘We would advise all jet ski and boat owners to make sure that their engines are seaworthy. This spell of lovely weather is tempting people to the coast and we wish them all to have a safe visit and not to get into difficulties, remembering to respect the water’.
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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, 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.