Perfectly-timed training at RNLI Rye Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

As darkness fell on Saturday 12 January volunteer crew members were able to respond to a call for help with lightning speed.

In the darkness the returning lifeboat is hosed down by one of the crew

RNLI/Martin Bruce

Hello Herbie II is washed down after the shout

From early morning the lifeboat station had been full of new recruits and more experienced personnel taking part in the first of three intensive, planned training days. So when a request was received to go to the aid of a twenty-six foot angling vessel in the harbour itself that was apparently taking on water, Hello Herbie II, the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, was launched within minutes. An observant boat-owner had noticed and reported that a moored vessel was in trouble: fortunately no one was found on board but it was judged to be in danger of sinking so crew members deployed salvage pumps which swiftly emptied the water from the boat.

For one recruit, Rob Jennings, who joined in September last year, training became 'the real thing' as he participated in his first 'shout'. Helm Tony Peters remarked wryly that it was not often that he had so many potential crew from which to choose. 'Rob and the other recruits have worked hard,' he said, 'and he was already at a point at which he could safely participate. He was lucky this time – there were others just as ready.

Without doubt the swiftness of response both saved a vessel at risk of sinking and helped to prevent the negative environmental consequences of spillage.'

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· Martin Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 martinthebruce@gmail.com

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

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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New recruit Rob Jennings

RNLI/KT Bruce

New recruit Rob Jennings
A rope is being thrown from the inshore lifeboat to another vessel

RNLI/Stuart Clark

A rope is passed from boat to boat during training

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

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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