Swift response by Rye Harbour RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A swift response by the Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer crew yesterday evening (Wednesday 16 May) ensured the safety of a female member of the public who was in difficulty in the mud at Rock Channel, Rye.

crew member with kit laid out ready to be cleaned

RNLI/KT Bruce

Crew washing down the mud from equipment after rescue

HM Coastguard requested the assistance of the Rye Harbour RNLI at 9.03pm. The crew was briefed and ready to respond very quickly but because there was no water in the Channel they did not launch the boat, travelling to the scene by road.

Upon arrival at Rock Channel they were joined by members of the Coastguard and Sussex Fire Brigade, including three crews from Crowborough, and the Coastguard helicopter was also brought in to assist. The Police and Ambulance services followed shortly and all the agencies worked closely together.

The casualty was lifted out of the mud and handed over to the ambulance crew.

Trevor Bryant, senior helm said, ‘All the agencies worked well together and a difficult rescue was brought to a successful conclusion.’

After the debriefing Tony Edwards, LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) congratulated the crew upon their professionalism and said that it was a good job well done.

RNLI Media contacts

Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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RNLI and Coastguard teams

RNLI/KT Bruce

Emergency services working together

RNLI/KT Bruce

washing off the mud after the successful rescue

RNLI/KT Bruce

power hose required to clean off the mud from equipment

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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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