New volunteer recruit Stuart Clark is tasked to his first shout at Rye Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers went off at 14.50pm on Saturday 19 January 2019 requesting assistance for a dog in trouble in the River Rother. It was decided to assist on foot as it was so near to the station.

photo of Stuart Clark

RNLI/KT Bruce

Stuart Clark volunteer new recruit

Tony Peters, helm at the station, said, 'It was a straightforward rescue as the dog was stranded on a sand bar and had a harness on. A bowline knot (sometimes referred to as the king of the knots because of its importance) was secured to the harness and the dog was taken to safety.’

HM Coastguards were on standby but the rescue was handled quickly and their assistance was not required.

New volunteer recruit Stuart Clark, a direct descendant of William and Leslie Clark who lost their lives in the Mary Stanford disaster in 1928, was tasked to attend his first shout. This was the second ‘first shout ‘ at the station this week.

Matt Ellis, crew member who also attended, remarked,

‘It was excellent that the dog owners heeded the advice that the RNLI gives to dog owners. Call 999 for help and wait calmly for help to come and DO NOT enter the water. They were extremely grateful to us for our quick response and happy to be re-united with their dog. Tragedy had been avoided.’

The couple was full of praise for the crew and gave a generous donation, helping to enable the RNLI to carry on their mission of Saving Lives at Sea.

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Key facts about the RNLI

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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two crew members training in preparation of a shout

RNLI/KT Bruce

Stuart taking part in a training exercise
an image of a bowline knot

RNLI/KT Bruce

bowline knot

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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