RNLI Rye Harbour celebrates centuries of Experience

Lifeboats News Release

Rye Harbour lifeboat station has 52 personnel from LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) through boat and shore crew to fundraisers who between them have dedicated so far 423 years' worth of service.


Boat being checked to the highest standard

This is an amazing fact and although at the moment we are not collectively allowed to gather together we are strong as a team, just waiting to carry out our tasks.

Today in the boathouse, for instance, you would have found the LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager ) Paul Bolton beavering away at the computer keeping up-to-date with paperwork and keeping his team safe. And at a different time, to ensure the necessary social distancing, the tractor mechanic making sure that everything is in pristine condition, ready for a shout. Later the boat mechanics were checking every detail of the Atlantic 85 to the highest of standards.

No matter what the situation RNLI at Rye Harbour team stands ready to work together to save lives at sea.


Hello Herbie II before the lock-down


Waiting and ready to Save lives at sea

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