RNLI Rye Harbour crew assists a stricken vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.08pm on Sunday 23 June the Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a 9 metre sailing vessel with engine failure


Hello Herbie II towing the stricken vessel

Newly qualified helm, Tim Dickinson, headed up the crew as the boat set off down the River Rother to open water at Pett Level where the vessel was anchored. On board were a man, a woman and a dog. They had found themselves in trouble when the engine failed and had radioed to the Coastguard for assistance

Matt Ellis, designate Helm, reported, ’It was good to see that those on board were armed with lifejackets and a radio and had gone through the right channels to seek assistance. We towed for the vessel for thirty minutes back to the Harbour. Tim’s boat-handling skills were impressive as he moored the vessel safely in its birth at Rye.’

Paul Bolton, Launching Authority at Rye Harbour, said, ‘I was proud to see how crew members handled themselves with such professionalism. All the hours of training certainly paid off as the whole rescue was swift and seamless and had a positive outcome.’

The boat returned to the station and was ready for service by 5.00 p.m.


Tim Dickinson at the helm


preparing to set off on the shout


Hello Herbie II towing the vessel up the River Rother


full crew ready for the off


stuart Clarke tethering the boat

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