Rye Harbour RNLI responds to a middle-of-the-night call from a stranded yacht
The pagers went off in the early hours of 15 September in Rye Harbour. HM Coastguard had been alerted to a stranded yacht with two people on board which had run out of fuel. The night was clear and the waters were calm.
In response to the Coastguard alert the lifeboat was launched at 2.45am with Trevor Bryant as Helm. The 10 metre yacht was two and a half miles south west of the Harbour and the crew made contact quickly with the skipper, ascertaining that he had run out of fuel and was unable to weigh anchor as he had no power. The inshore lifeboat Hello Herbie II returned to the Harbour and collected enough diesel to enable the yacht to reach to Eastbourne.
Tony Edwards, LOM ( Lifeboat Operations Manager) said, ‘The RNLI always advises skippers to check that they have enough fuel to complete their journey safely before setting off. Our volunteer crew once again helped to keep people safe on 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.