RNLI Rye Harbour visited by local MP

Lifeboats News Release

Sally-Ann Hart learns the ropes at the lifeboat station

Sally-Ann Hart and lifeboat station volunteers standing in front of the lifeboat and tractor


Sally-Ann with station volunteers in front of our Atlantic 85

On Sunday 10 April our Hasting and Rye MP took time out to come and meet volunteers at the station: shore crew, boat crew, shop staff, tractor drivers, launching authorities, press officers and the Lifeboat Operations Manager. She was clearly impressed by what she saw and those whom she met, managing to chat with almost everyone present.

'I had a fantastic visit to the station,' she said afterwards. 'What came across so strongly was the commitment shown by the people I met, all of whom are volunteers. Their dedication to the cause of helping anyone in danger in the water, at any time of day or night, was wonderful, and their enthusiasm and dedication were palpable.’

A crew member shares a video on his mobile phone with Sall-Ann Hart in front of the tractor


Sally-Ann is shown footage of a low-water launch recovery
Sally-Ann Hart and a boat crew volunteer stand together in the Atlantic 85 lifeboat


Sally-Ann is shown the Atlantic 85 by a crew member
In the crew changing room Sally-Ann Hart stands in front of the rack on which boat crew PPE is drying


Sally-Ann learns about boat crew PPE and its cost

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