Monday, 20 July 2015

Two lifeboat calls during the Open Weekend

Royal National Lifeboat B-875 'Alexander'
Launched on service
Rye Harbour relief RNLI Lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched on service at 12.04pm to go to the assistance of a dog and their owner who were reported as being in the River Rother, near the harbour entrance.  The volunteer crew arrived on scene two minutes later where they landed the dog and owner safely ashore.

The visitors at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Stations Open Weekend thought that it was a demonstration rescue.  When they found out it was a real lifeboat shout there was disbelief.  One visitor commented ‘they just stopped what they were doing and were gone.  They went from laughing to serious in the blink of an eye’.

Casualty returning to the Public Slipway
Returning to the Public Slipway
The afternoon visitors were also treated to a lifeboat shout, when relief RNLI Lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched on service at 2.45pm to a speedboat that had broken down.  When the volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty, the owner had managed to restart the engine.

The crew gave the casualty a tow off the bank and then escorted them back to the public slipway at Rye Harbour.

The Open Weekend was a great success, raising a total of £1131.57. 

Dungeness RNLB 13-02 'The Morrell' at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Open Weekend
Dungeness RNLB 13-02
'The Morrell
Tony Edwards, acting Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: ‘on behalf of everyone here at Rye Harbour I would like to thank all the visitors and supporters who made this weekend a great success.  Special thanks go to Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Rother Responders and South East Coast Ambulance service for attending our Open Weekend.

With the school holidays starting very shortly, we would like to remind you that when at the coast, if you see anyone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard’.


South East Coast Ambulance Service & Rother Responders at Rye Harbour RNLI Station Open Weekend
South East Coast Ambulance Service
and Rother Responders
Sea Safety Stall
Visitors and Supporters

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station open weekend 2015

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station will open their doors on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July between 11am and 3pm for the stations annual open weekend.

Come and meet the station team, if you’re interested in possibly joining the volunteer team then this is a great opportunity to see what we do – there is something for everyone.

There will be rescue displays during the weekend along with stalls.

On Saturday there will be:
  • The Sea Safety Officer
  • A visit from Dungeness Shannon Class Lifeboat
  • HM Coastguards
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rother Responders
  • South East Ambulance Service

This is a great day out for the family

On Sunday there will be a treasure hunt around Rye Harbour Village.

RNLI Volunteers go to the assistance of sinking speedboat

Courtesy RNLI RyeHarbour/Andrew Tollett
Rye Harbour RNLI relief lifeboat B-857 Alexander launched on service at 5.27pm yesterday (11 July) to go to the assistance of a speedboat suffering from engine failure and taking on water at the entrance to Rye Harbour after the alarm was raised by the Deputy Harbour Master at Rye Harbour.

The Volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty at 5.32pm, where they assessed the situation.  It was decided that the boat be taken in tow and that one of the occupants be taken into the lifeboat.

The speedboat was returned to the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 5.54pm.  Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was recovered and after being washed down was made ready for service at 6.30pm.

Tony Edwards, acting Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station said: “the RNLI Respect the Water campaign was launched on Thursday 9 July.  British waters are dangerously unpredictable.  To find out more about the campaign visit RNLI.org/respectthewater

Respect the water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.  Over 160 people die each year at the UK coast with a further 60 in the Republic of Ireland – around half didn’t even set out to enter the water.


This year, the RNLI’s messages focus on three main risks that catch people out:Cold water shock can steal the air for your lungs and leave you helpless.The water can be unpredictable, with waves, tides and hidden currents that can drag you out to sea in seconds Around half the people who drown never expected to get wet – many get caught out by unexpected slips, trips and falls into the water.




Sunday, 17 May 2015


RNLI relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched on service today at 11:50am at the request of Dover Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a 15ft dinghy thought to be in trouble off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  A report had been received form a member of the public stating that a boat with two people on board was in difficulty off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

The crew arrived on scene at 11:55am but no casualty was located.  A search from the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House back to Rye Harbour was initiated.  The only boat fitting a similar description was spotted half a mile from Rye Harbour entrance.  The crew of the boat confirmed that they had been in the vicinity of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House but were not in any difficulty.

Dover Coastguard were informed and Relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was stood down at that time.  When the volunteer crew arrived back at station at 12:15pm they found another boat fitting the description tied up on the public slipway at Rye Harbour.  A chat with the occupants revealed that they had been fishing off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  The Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew felt that this was the boat that had been seen off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

“whilst this was a false alarm, it is better to be safe than sorry.  If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard”

Sunday, 10 May 2015

*** Shout *** Broken Down Angling Boat

RNLI Relief Lifeboat B-875 ‘Alexander’ took a 26ft angling boat in tow at 1.37pm off Fairlight after Dover Coastguard requested Rye Harbour RNLI Volunteer lifeboat crew divert from exercise to go to the assistance of the casualty at 1.26pm.

The angling boat suffered engine failure whilst on return to Port and had been taken under tow by another boat.  The skipper of the boat that had taken the casualty in tow called Dover Coastguard requesting assistance as they didn’t feel they had enough experience to get the casualty into harbour.

The casualty was returned to her moorings at Rye and RNLI Relief Lifeboat B-875 ‘Alexander’ returned to station at 3.40pm

Andrew Tollett, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said, ‘Regular training is essential as you never know what you are going be called to or when’

Sunday, 5 October 2014

*** Shout *** Broken down boat

Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched on service to a broken down boat off Winchelsea Beach.  More details to follow