RNLI Rye Harbour launches three times in twenty-four hours

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 14 July proved to be rather busy for members of the station's volunteer lifeboat crew

At the left the yacht moves up the river Rother shadowed by the lifeboat on the right

RNLI/KT Bruce

The yacht being shadowed by Hello Herbie II until its safe mooring

A planned early-morning joint training exercise with flank station Littlestone started the day, building on a similar combined exercise the previous weekend. The focus this time was the safe towing of vessels.

No sooner had the inshore lifeboat Hello Herbie II returned to the Harbour to be washed down and prepared for service than at 12.19pm there was a request from HM Coastguard to attend a sailing vessel that had become grounded on a sandbar off Camber Beach. Helm Tony Peters appraised the situation on arrival and it was concluded that nothing could be done to re-float the yacht until the water level rose with the tide.

The vessel's owner chose to stay on board, monitored during the day by lifeguards at Camber and by HM Coastguard. At 8.14pm the lifeboat launched again: the re-floating was successful and crew-member Matt Ellis transferred from lifeboat to yacht to ensure that all was well whilst it was escorted back up the River Rother to a safe mooring.

Paul Bolton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, commented: 'Our crews today worked tirelessly to achieve a safe outcome for the yacht and its owner. They showed a high level of professionalism and their many hours of training paid off as the operation was carried out efficiently and safely. The strong sense of commitment at Rye Harbour to saving lives at sea was shown by the number of volunteer crew at the station to support the shout.'

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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

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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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The yacht lies on its side on the sandbar

RNLI/Tony Peters

The stranded yacht
From the Littlestone lifeboat the Rye Harbour lifeboat is seen being towed at sea

RNLI/Dean Miller

The Littlestone and Rye Harbour lifeboats in training
Paul Bolton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, photographed in a thoughtful moment

RNLI/KT Bruce

Paul Bolton, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour

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 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 or by email.

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