RNLI Rye Harbour lifeboat in night search

Lifeboats News Release

Just hours after attending a service in the village church to commemorate the Mary Stanford crew lost in 1928, today's volunteers set out from the station into the darkness

The lifeboat Hello Herbie II returns in darkness to the station at Rye Harbour

RNLI/Martin Bruce

Hello Herbie II returns to the station after the search is called off

On the evening of Sunday 18 November the inshore lifeboat Hello Herbie II launched at 6.30pm, responding to HM Coastguard reports of a vulnerable adult possibly in the sea off Camber Sands. Volunteer Helm Trevor Bryant, who retires from that position after 33 years' service later this week, initiated a search in which the lifeboat was joined by Coastguard helicopter Rescue 163 from Lydd and members of the Rye Bay Coastguard team. Visibility was good and the weather calm but the low sea temperature made a swift recovery essential.

After some thirty minutes of searching it was reported that the potential casualty had been found in the Central Car Park at Camber, where a paramedic attended him. The lifeboat returned to station at 7.10pm.

'This first 'shout' in the darker, colder conditions of winter emphasised the need for thorough training and the correct equipment if we are to save lives at sea,' observed Tony Edwards, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour. 'We were glad to learn in this case that the individual concerned was found before he had entered the water.'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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The lifeboat launch tractor is hosed down as it ascends the ramp into the lifeboat station

RNLI/Martin Bruce

The launch tractor is washed down in readiness for the next 'shout'

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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