RNLI Rye Harbour tasked to a sinking boat

Lifeboats News Release

A shout occurred at Rye Harbour right in the middle of day one of a Cas (Casualty) Care course.

RNLI/KT Bruce

RNLI Rye Harbour's Atlantic 85 heads off to sea to rescue two males on a sinking boat

At 12.10pm HM Coastguard requested the launch of our Atlantic 85 to assist two young lads who were in a craft that was sinking. Stuart Clark, helm, said, “The two lads swam to shore, and our crew towed their boat into as shallow water as possible so that it was recoverable at low water.”

The crew was able to assemble quickly as many of the shore crew were attending the Cas Care course at the boathouse. Stuart was joined in the boat by Rob, Tia and Ron from Littlestone who was on the course. Shore crew were Chris King (DLA), Gary, Jack, Emma, Mick C, Steve and Neil J.

The boat was back at the station at 1.30 and prepared for further launches.

As always, this was a good professional team effort. For some of the new recruits these real experiences are a valuable enhancement of the scenario training they have been receiving.

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