Sunday, 14 December 2008

Veering Down


An excellent training day today.  We went to sea to practice anchoring and veering down.  Veering down is a procedure that is used to manouevre the lifeboat under control to close proximity of the casualty.  For example when rescuing people from a cliff (see picture) you can carefully ease the lifeboat back under control using the anchor, this reduces the risk of having the lifeboat washed against the same cliff/rocks.  Please remember I am a 'probationer' but I believe this is the nub of it. So the procedure was explained to me, drawn as a diagram and then demonstrated by the helm.  No problem.  All I had to do at one stage was make sure that plenty of line was payed out once the anchor had been let go - easy!!!  
So why then was I still holding grimly to the anchor warp after we had been going astern for 2o metres - imbecile.  Anyway the helm was right when he said I won't make that mistake again.
As the lifeboat edges closer to the hazard a crew member will be aft manually checking the depth, also one engine (the one closest to the hazard usually) will be raised.
After a swift crew change the lifeboat went to the aid of some local fishermen who were having engine trouble up river.
Another great day's training- looking forward to the next.....

Friday, 12 December 2008

This is from Lifeboatman John's excellent blog (I hope you don't mind John) but I think this is excellent - thanks.  And so true.....

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Christmas Dinner

We had our Christmas dinner last night (my first at the station) and it was a fantastic night. The food and the company were both excellent, as was the karaoke provided by various 'undiscovered' stars. One crew member suggested he may even take things further and pursue a singing career (poor deluded chap)! Awards were handed out for long service, extreme bravery and minor boat handling errors. Before I forget, regarding my previous post about the helicopter exercise, I really should have mentioned the outstanding seamanship demonstrated by the helm - his steady nerve and keen eye ensured a smooth transition from boat to aircraft - thanks 'Tackleberry' ;-)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Exercise with Rescue Helicopter 104











Our helicopter exercises occur but once a year, this is largely due to where we are positioned on the coast in relation to coverage. Rye Harbour falls smack bang between Lee on Solent to the west and RAF Watersham to the east, this means we are on the edge of their jurisdiction so once a year suits them better and usually means us teaming up with a flank station which in this case was Hastings ALB and ILB.

We launched at around 09.50 on Sunday November 30th to meet with Hastings for 10.15am at the chosen position of 1nm south of Cliff End. We moored alongside waiting for the helicopter, which arrived around 30mins later. The ex begun with us dropping 2 crew onto Hastings ALB then we began doing formations with our Atlantic onto the helicopter, after the 3 crew on our boat had a turn formating Hastings ILB took its turn. Whilst doing so we took our 2 crew back off the ALB ready to be transferred. The transfers then took place with the winch man landing on our boat for some brief instructions before hand. The formations were then completed and the helo took position on the ALB for a Hi Line while underway to drop our 2 crew members off. The helo left around 11.15hrs.





It is good for us to take full advantage of such exercises as we may have to use the rescue helicopter for badly injured people at sea who find themselves in difficulty with the helo being their fastest method of transportation to seek the medical care the require. These exercises enable us to ensure all procedures carried out between us and the helicopter are executed efficiently and as fast and safely as possible.

The lifeboat returned briefly to station to collect some ashes that were later scattered.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Fishermans' arm caught in winch

It was an early start today when the Lifeboat launched at 6.55 am to the assistance of fishing boat 'Vic Anna' after her skipper called Dover Coastguard for help, after his arm became entangled in the net winch. Lifeboat B722 arrived along side the casualty at 7.18 am, which was eight miles south east of Rye Harbour.

The crew from Rye Harbour Lifeboat boarded 'Vic Anna' to assess the severity of the injury - there was no open wound and it was suspected that the skipper had broken his upper arm.

Dungeness All Weather Lifeboat was also tasked to the incident. It was decided due to the state of the tide at Rye Harbour and the need for a low water recovery that Dungeness Lifeboat would recover the casualty, where he would be transferred to hospital by ambulance from Dungeness lifeboat station. The casualty's arm had gone round the winch a couple of times before he was able to release his limb.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘This is one of he hazards of working in a dangerous environment. Here at Rye Harbour we train on a regular basis which also includes training with Dungeness Lifeboat. Training for this kind of incident is essential as it can be a matter of life and death. Today, only 1 in 10 crew members join the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation.’

It was later confirmed that the skipper has badly broken his upper arm.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Souvenir Shop opening times for December

The shop opening times for December are:

Saturday 6th 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday 7th 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday 20th 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday 21st 11 am to 3 pm

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Well, where to start? I knew there was to be a Coastguard helicopter exercise today but, as a probationer, never actually thought that I would be a part of it. We deployed in our boat and met the Hastings' boats at sea. I boarded the Hastings ALB for a short while until the helicopter arrived and some dry runs had been carried out. Then 2 of us were winched off of the Rye boat into the CG helicopter - massive grin factor! We (the pilot, not us)flew around for a while before being lowered back onto the Hastings ALB - more huge grins! Then it was back to the Rye boathouse to conduct the scattering at sea of ashes. Then back to the boathouse again to prepare the boat for subsequent service. An extremely varied and fascinating morning. Being winched was the easy bit I think, the helm's task of staying on station with the helicopter must be quite a task. What a day!!!!!!

Friday, 28 November 2008

This week training consisted of some navigation revision and then using the boat's plotter to enter way points and formulate a safe route. Hopefully we can check the route out in real time, on the water, on Sunday prior to the helicopter exercise. The training seems to be going well and the assessor is due back to the station shortly - hopefully to sign off some more competencies on my route to becoming a crew member. Obviously there was a post training de-brief in the Inkerman's! ;-) (That's the best bit) Looking forward to Sunday now, hopefully to get some time afloat, or to witness the helicopter exercise. Next week - Crew Christmas Dinner!! Excellent.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Sundays Exercise


Sunday will see Rye Harbour Lifeboat and Hastings Inshore and Offshore boats training with the new coastguard helicopter from Lee-On-Solent. A blog on the exercise and photos will shortly follow.

Monday, 24 November 2008

A random photo of some of the crew exercising in the river earlier this year when it was a bit calmer (and warmer) than it is at the moment! Happy days.

A good and varied week

A very good and varied week at the boat house last week. Fitness tests were conducted and competencies were assessed. These all mark progress towards becoming a full member of the crew. Most exciting was the news that 2 of us probationers were to be loaded on the crew course at the Lifeboat College, Poole. I'm glad there's 2 of us going, 'cos the other chap is the brainy one and I can copy him! Although you never stop learning, it would be great to make the move from probationer to crew member. For the next few weeks we have things such as; further assessments, helicopter exercises and our Christmas dinner (can't wait).

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Frenchman's Beach Holiday Park raise £668

Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot received a cheque for £668 from Loopy the Rabbit, the mascot for Park Holidays UK which owns and operates Frenchman's Beach on Saturday, 22 November.

The fund raising bid started earlier in the year, when the six intrepid adventurers (Trish Noonan, Liam Duffey, Andrew Hennessey, Alan Reid, Amanda Richardson and Mark Tricker) set sail in the Rye Raft Race. The money was collected through sponsorship from colleagues and holiday home owners, and also collecting boxes sited at Frenchman's Beach holiday park.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone at Frenchman's Beach holiday park for this generous donation. It is generous donations like this that enable the RNLI to continue its lifesaving duties. The RNLI is funded by voluntary donation and not HM Government.’

Diane Parr, General Manager at Frenchman's Beach holiday park said: ‘The RNLI’s volunteer crews make a large contribution to seaside safety in our region and we are keen to support our local lifeboat station. This year, we’re pleased that our funds will help the RNLI charity.’

£700 Raised at Xmas Coffee Morning

The Christmas coffee morning held on Saturday 22 November at Rye Harbour Sailing Club raised an amazing £700.63. This is the second event organised by the new Fundraising Team, following the Rye Harbour and District Branch being placed into 'light preservation' due to dwindling volunteer numbers.

The new Fundraising Team at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station was set up on 11 June 2008, when the six remaining branch volunteers joined the Lifeboat Station.

Although this is the second event hosted by the Fundraising Team, they haven't been taking things easy. They have been setting up the Souvenir Shop at the Lifeboat Station - which is currently open on the first and third weekend of each month between 11 am and 3 pm.

Steve Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Management Group Chairman at Rye Harbour said: 'The event was an outstanding success. It was good to see so many supporters come to the event. I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the Committee and members of Rye Harbour Sailing Club for gifting us the use of a wonderful venue, and to everyone who made this event the success it was, without you it would not be possible.

If you would like to become a member of a friendly, enthusiastic and active team, then send your name, address and telephone number to: Branch Membership Secretary, Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, The Point, Rye Harbour Road, Rye Harbour. TN31 7TU

Monday, 17 November 2008

Mary Stanford Memorial Service

Yesterday was my first experience of the Mary Stanford memorial service. It is an extremely moving occasion and the church was filled to the rafters (and more). We were honoured with the presence of the RNLI Forest Row choir who were fantastic. After the service we retired to the village hall for tea and biscuits and from there on for a couple of 'sociables' down town. Tonight there are some assessments being conducted at the boat house, one of which is the fitness test!!!! Unbelievable timing after yesterday. That is all for now. If I survive tonight there will be more later......

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster - 80th Anniversary

This year was the 80th Anniversary of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster. On 15th November 1928, the Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat ‘Mary Stanford’ launched into a raging storm to go to the aid of the S.S. Alice of Riga, which had been involved in a collision off Dungeness Point.

Unbeknown to the 17 Crewmen of the Mary Stanford, the crew of the Alice has been rescued by the S.S. Smyrna. The crew of the Mary Stanford lifeboat never saw the recall signal, so set their sails, and rowed into the storm - which was raging in the English Channel.
The last time that the Mary Stanford Lifeboat was seen was by a young lad at Camber, when he saw the lifeboat capsize.

All 17 crewmen lost their lives that day. It is the biggest loss of life from a single lifeboat ever suffered by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.



To mark this event, the Forest Row Lifeboat Choir, attended the annual Memorial Service at the Church of the Holy Spirit at Rye Harbour. There were in excess of 200 people in attendance. There was a short service at the graveside following the Memorial Service, where individual posies were laid on the 17 plaques and wreaths were laid on the grave – which is the actual memorial to the 17 crewmen.



Crew from Hastings, Dungeness and Littlestone Lifeboat Stations were also in attendance.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Four teenagers washed ashore on Camber Sands in 20ft Cabin Cruiser

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched at 3.23 pm today (19/10/08) to a 20ft cabin cruiser being washed ashore on Camber Sands. Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat after receiving a call about a boat in difficulty, being washed ashore.

Lifeboat B722 arrived on scene at 3.29 pm but the four teenagers had abandoned ship, jumping into the rough surf. The teenagers were safe ashore, being given some sea safety advice by the Coastguards. Due to the rough conditions, it was decided that the Lifeboat would not attempt to recover the boat as the boat had suffered some damage whilst being washed ashore and was not in a sea worthy condition.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour Lifeboat, said: ‘The top priority is the preservation of life, both of the lifeboat crew and the casualty. In today's rough weather conditions, the decision was made to leave the casualties boat which had grounded. On average it costs £2,200 to launch an inshore lifeboat.’

Coffee morning a great success

The RNLI coffee morning held at the Butter Market, Rye Town Hall on Saturday 18 October was a great success, raising in the region of £366.

This is the first event organised by the new Fundraising Team at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, following the Rye Harbour and District Branch being placed into 'light preservation' due to dwindling volunteer numbers. The new Fundraising Team at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station was setup on 11 June 2008, when the six remaining branch volunteers joined the Lifeboat Station.

Although this is the first event hosted by the Fundraising Team, they haven't been taking things easy. They have been setting up the Souvenir Shop at the Lifeboat Station - which is currently open on the first and third weekend of each month between 11 am and 3 pm.

Steve Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Management Group Chairman at Rye Harbour said: ‘The event was an outstanding success. It was good to see so many supporters come to the event. I would like to express my most sincere thanks to His Worship the Mayor of Rye, Councillor Sam Souster for gifting us the use of the venue, and to everyone who made this event the success it was, without you it would not be possible.

The next event will be held on 22 November 2008 at Rye Harbour Sailing Club, Rye Harbour. I hope to see you there.’

If you would like to become a member of a friendly, enthusiastic and active team, then send your name, address and telephone number to: Branch Membership Secretary, Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, The Point, Rye Harbour Road, Rye Harbour. TN31 7TU.

Yacht thought to be in trouble

RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched to the 24ft sail yacht 'Nervous Tension' who had been reported to Dover Coastguard as appearing to be in trouble, off Jury's Gap.

Lifeboat B722 launched today (Saturday 18th October) at 5.52 pm and arrived at the casualty eight minutes later. When the lifeboat crew arrived at the yacht, the two sailors advised that they were not in any trouble, and confirmed that everything was OK.

They were wished a safe onward journey to Sovereign Harbour at Eastbourne. Lifeboat B722 arrived back at the station at 6.20 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat, said: ‘Although this rescue turned out to be a false alarm with good intent, someone thought the yacht was in trouble and Dover Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch. It is always better to air on the side of caution as the situation could have been completely different, especially with the fading light and the tide dropping.’

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Fishing boat washing to shore, with net fouled propeller

RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched on Saturday 11 October 2008 to a small fishing vessel, suffering from a net fouled propeller and being washed towards shore. Lifeboat B722 launched at 9.35 am and arrived at the casualty, just off Galloway's tower, ten minutes later.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the skipper of the boat was in the water holding the boat, to keep her from grounding. The crew of the lifeboat took the casualty in tow and towed her out to sea where the skipper safely removed the net from the propeller. Once cleared, the tow was dropped and the fishing boat continued fishing. Lifeboat B722 departed the casualty at 10 am and arrived back at station at 10.20 am.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager at Rye Harbour, said: ‘You never know what you are going to launch to. This service was different as it was foggy. That is why it is so important to train on a regular basis and keep up-to-date with current technology and search and rescue techniques.
On average it cost £1000 to train each volunteer crewmember, each year.’

Friday, 3 October 2008

Up coming events

Souvenir Shop opening times (11 am to 3 pm) on:

Saturday 4 October
Sunday 5 October
Saturday 18 October
Sunday 19 October
Saturday 1 November
Sunday 2 November
Saturday 15 November

NOTE: The souvenir shop will not be open on Sunday 16 November - due to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster memorial service.

Coffee morning - Saturday 18 October: at the Butter Market, Rye Town Hall 10 am - midday. Christmas cards will be available.

Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster Memorial Service - 80th Anniversary: 16 November.

Christmas Coffee Morning - Saturday 22 November: at Rye Harbour Sailing Club, The Point, Rye Harbour 10 am - 1 pm

RNLI Late Summer Ball 2008 - A Great Success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station raised a staggering £2680, for the RNLI Train one, save many campaign, at the Late Summer Ball held on Saturday 27 September at the River Haven Hotel, Rye. This is the third year that Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station has hosted the Ball to raise money for the RNLI Train one, save many campaign. Training is essential for the volunteer crew to go to sea and save lives.

Today, only 1 in 10 crew members come from a professional maritime occupation.
The RNLI's Train one, save many campaign was launched in 2005 with the aim of raising £10M over five years for the vital training of our volunteer crews and lifeguards. On average it costs £1000 a year to train each volunteer crew member

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station said: 'This is another great result. I would like to thank:

  • Riverside Restaurant
  • Mr Meaner
  • 4site homes (se) Limited
  • Kent & Sussex Powerboat Training
  • John Roberts & Son
  • On Reflections
  • Jim Soan and Sons Ltd
  • Jumbo’s (Chris & Jumbo
  • SRM
  • The Rye Retreat
  • Simon Milne
  • Rye Hire
  • The Cats Whiskers
  • W Tollett (General Builders) Ltd
  • Adams of Rye Ltd
  • Mrs P Mitchell-Innes
  • Martello Bookshop
  • Rye Cleaners
  • Mr & Mrs Peters
  • Rose-anne
  • Lynn Gilfrin
  • The Pette Shoppe, Rye
  • Ashdown Hurrey
  • Inkerman Arms
  • Jempsons Ltd
  • Lempsons Budgens Ltd

and also everyone who bought raffle and Ball tickets for their continued support.

This £2680 will make a positive difference. The RNLI training enables ordinary people to do extraordinary things'.

The raffle winners are:

  • First prize: '4 course meal for 50 & a free disco' donated by 'Riverside Restaurant' - ticket 80206 - J Tollett

  • Second prize: '£250 experience of a lifetime voucher' donated by '4site homes (se) Limited' - ticket 09332 - Eric - Inkerman

  • Third prize: 'National Powerboat Course level 2' donated by 'Kent & Sussex Powerboat Training' - ticket 0037 - Pettigrew

  • The full list of winners can be viewed at www.ryeharbourlifeboat.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Motor sand buggy crashed on Camber Sands.

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722, 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched today (09/09/2008) at 1.31 pm to a motorised sand buggy that had been seen rolling several times before coming to a stop, on Camber sands at Broom Hill.

The launch of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was requested by Dover Coastguard, after they had received a call from a member of the public who had seen the sand buggy roll several times before coming to a stop, the occupant of the vehicle appeared not to be moving and the incoming tide was starting to surround the casualty.

Relief Lifeboat B722 arrived at the scene at 1.36 pm just as the Kent Air Ambulance had landing. The crew of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat assisted the crew of the Kent Air Ambulance transfer the casualty to a spinal board and move him from the incoming tide to the top of the beach; where the helicopter had landed. RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 departed the scene at 2.42 pm; arriving back at station at 2.52 pm. The casualty was airlifted to hospital by the Kent Air Ambulance.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat, said: ‘It's not uncommon to work with the helicopter and other emergency services. Part of our training programme here at Rye Harbour includes training with the Coastguards, the helicopter and other emergency services on a regular basis.’

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Lifeboat launches to yacht 'Serene', suffering engine failure

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat, B722 launched on Monday 25 August 2008 at 3.35 pm to the 26ft sail yacht 'Serene' suffering from engine failure. RNLI Lifeboat B722 arrived at the casualty at 3.57 pm and was taken in tow and returned to Rye Harbour where she was placed on her moorings at 5.30 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said: ‘It's been a busy day at the station, the souvenir shop was open and we have had a high number of visitors looking around the station.

The RNLI is an independent charity reliant upon volunteers and is funded by voluntary donation's not HM Government’

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Up coming events:

Souvenir Shop opening times (11 am to 3 pm) on:

Monday 25 August
Saturday 6 September
Sunday 7 September
Saturday 20 September
Sunday 21 September

Late Summer Ball - 27 September: Tickets cost £25 each and are available from Richard Tollett on 01797 223631 or Natalie Peters on 01797 229117.

Late Summer Ball raffle tickets: Raffle tickets cost 50p and are available from any of the station personnel or Steve or Richard Tollett on 01797 223631.

Coffee morning - Saturday 18 October: at the Butter Market, Rye Town Hall 10 am - midday. Christmas cards will be available.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Meridian TV visits station

Following Monday's (28/07/08) shout where assistance was not required, Antonia Hastings interviewed Tony Edwards - RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour for a Meridian TV news feature. The feature aired on Saturday 16/08/08.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Inflatable blowing to sea

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched today (28/07/08) on service at 6 pm to an 8 ft inflatable, blowing to sea off the Beach Club at Pett Level. At 6.14 pm Lifeboat B722 arrived along side the casualty, with four occupants (2 male adults, 1 male and 1 female children). The crew felt that the casualty should be escorted back to shore as the occupants had inadequate clothing, no lifejackets and had 500m to row back to shore against the off-shore breeze, but the occupants told the crew that assistance was not required.

The Lifeboat crew advised Dover Coastguard that assistance was not required and were released from the rescue. Rye Bay Auxiliary Coastguard Company were advised to observe the inflatable.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour Lifeboat, said: ‘This is a classic instance of a person in distress, not realising they were in distress.

The average cost of launching an inshore lifeboat is estimated at £2,200. The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations not HM Government.’

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Busy day at Rye Harbour: 9 people rescued

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched on service at 3.38 pm to the cabin cruiser 'Son Et-Lumiere' which had broken down - suffering fuel problems and dragging her anchor east of the KitKat cafe at Camber.

Lifeboat B722 arrived at the casualty at 3.40 pm and took the casualty in tow. Whilst heading back to Rye Harbour the crew of the Lifeboat observed a capsized 3.5 metre sailing catamaran with a single occupant having difficulty righting the boat, Dover Coastguard tasked Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat to give priority and assist the capsized catamaran. The Lifeboat anchored 'Son Et-Lumiere' and dropped the tow, going to the assistance of the capsized boat.
When they arrived at the catamaran, assistance was given to the sailor to right the catamaran. When satisfied that the sailor and catamaran were ok, the Lifeboat returned to resume the tow of 'Son Et-Lumiere'. 'Son Et-Lumiere' was taken back in tow at 4 pm and making way to Rye Harbour.


At 4.16 pm Dover Coastguard tasked Rye Harbour Lifeboat to give immediate assistance to five teenage swimmers at the entrance to Rye Harbour, three of whom were suffering from exhaustion. The five lads were recovered into the lifeboat and then landed safely ashore at Camber Sands at 4.25 pm.


'Son Et-Lumiere' was taken back in tow at 4.30 pm, and made way to Rye Harbour. At 5 pm 'Son Et-Lumiere' was placed on her moorings at Rye. Lifeboat B722 returned to station at 5.10 pm.


Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour lifeboat station said: 'Anyone going to sea should carry some means of calling for help. Mobile phones are not an effective means of calling for help for a number of reasons: they are not waterproof, poor signal coverage (black spots), only one person can hear your call for help (if you have a signal) to list but a few.


The RNLI - the charity that saves lives at sea, needs your support to train and equip our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards.'

Dog jumps into the River Rother at Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat crew launched today at 12.25 pm to rescue a Cavalier King Charles spaniel 'Lotty' who had jumped into the River Rother at Rye Harbour entrance, whilst chasing seagulls.

The crew borrowed a 3.5m RIB (rigid inflatable boat) from Henk Ruysch, owner of Rye Harbour Marine, as there was not enough water in the river to launch the RNLI Relief Lifeboat, B-722 'Beatrice Dorothy'. The three crew members and Lotty's owner, made their way to the casualty arriving at 12.37 pm. Lotty was recovered into the Lifeboat which arrived back at station at 1 pm.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour Lifeboat stations said: ‘This type of rescue is not uncommon here at Rye Harbour, we have several shouts to dogs in the river each year. Since 18 October 2007, we have rescued four dogs from the River Rother at Rye Harbour. During 2007 the RNLI launched 108 times to animals resulting in 60 being rescued. Out of the 60 animals rescued, 40 were dogs.

Our lifeboat crews and lifeguards provide a ring of safety around our island: Lifeboats, Lifeguards - Life first.’

Friday, 25 July 2008

Twins stranded on Rye Harbour entrance marker (Red Light)

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched at 5.29 pm yesterday (24 July 2008) to two 14 year old twins who had become stranded on the Red Light at Rye Harbour entrance. The Lifeboat arrived four minutes later, recovering the boys into the Lifeboat and returning them to the station.

The boys, who are staying at Frenchman's Beach holiday park, were at the beach with their family. They thought that they would have a paddle which turned into a swim. They swam out to the Red Light but their mother told them to stay put.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station, said: ‘it was prime conditions for a shout - sunny weather, wind off the land. Although the red light doesn't seem far from the shore, it is a fair distance to swim and the current is strong at the entrance to Rye Harbour. The boys mother had presence of mind to tell them to stay put, the situation could have had a tragic outcome.

Whether we're rescuing an offshore fisherman or a child swept out to sea, the RNLI exists to put life first. The RNLI rescues an average of four young people every day.’

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

RNLI Souvenir shop opens at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station will open their first souvenir shop at the Lifeboat Station on Saturday 19 July 2008 at 11 am.

For the first time in the stations history souvenirs will be available at the Lifeboat station on a regular basis. The shop will be open on the first and third weekend of the month between 11 am and 3 pm.

Steve Tollett, Chairman of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group said:
‘This is a wonderful development for the station and a great opportunity for the Fundraising Team, anyone visiting Rye Harbour and the station will now be able to purchase RNLI souvenirs. In addition to the souvenirs, we have RNLI Christmas Cards in stock.

The RNLI is an independent charity reliant upon volunteers, and is funded by voluntary donations - not HM Government.’

Late Summer Ball - 2008

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station will host their annual Late Summer Ball at the River Haven Hotel, Rye on 27 September 2008 to raise money for the RNLI's Train one, save many campaign. Tickets cost £25 each and are available from Richard Tollett on 01797 223631 or Natalie Peters on 01797 229117.

The train one, save many campaign was launched by the RNLI in 2005 to raise £10M over five years to fund the vital training for the RNLI's volunteer crews and lifeguards.

Without the courage, commitment and dedication or our volunteer crews and lifeguards, the RNLI could not save lives at sea. With only 1 in 10 of our volunteer crew members coming from a professional maritime background, training is essential. In 2007 the RNLI volunteer crews rescued a total of 7,834 people - and average of 21 people a day. The RNLI volunteer lifeguards assisted 9,883 people during the summer season.

Richard Tollett. RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said:
‘Training is vital for the volunteer crews. It currently costs on average £1000 to train a crew member each year. We currently train twice a week at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, with an additional evening for those wishing to practice and gain greater knowledge and experience of certain aspects of search and rescue.

The money raised at the Ball and through the sale of raffle tickets, will help provide the RNLI's volunteer crews and lifeguards with the training they need to continue their lifesaving work, where ordinary people do extraordinary things.

The first 3 raffle prizes are: £250 Experience of a lifetime voucher, £200 voucher for wooden furniture and a 4 course meal for 50 (fifty) plus a free disco at the River Haven Hotel.’

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Yacht 'Alcyon' aground at Camber

Rye Harbour Lifeboat, B727 launched on service at 1.07 am to the yacht 'Alcyon' which ran aground on the eastern side of Rye Harbour entrance.

Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the Lifeboat at 12.57 am. When the Lifeboat arrived at the casualty she was high and dry, and there was nothing that could be done to re-float her at that time.
It was agreed that Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat crew would assemble at 6 am and go afloat when the tide started to flow.
Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said:
‘There was nothing that we could do as the yacht was high and dry. The skipper was happy to stay with his boat, and make regular contact with Dover Coastguard throughout the night. The Lifeboat will return when the tide starts to flow, to tow the yacht off the sands.
Regular training is vital to allow our volunteer crews to go to sea and save lives.’

At 6.40 am the Lifeboat re-launched on the flood tide, to tow the 8.8 metre Yacht 'Alcyon' back to sea after going aground at Camber on the eastern side of Rye Harbour entrance. At approximately 7.50 am the casualty was re-floated to start the next leg of her voyage to Shoreham.

The yacht 'Alcyon' had run aground during the early hours of the morning after sailing from Calais to Rye whilst on route to Shoreham.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Station Open Day: a great success

Saturday, 21 June 2008 the doors of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station were opened to the public for the annual station open day.

Throughout the day, there were rescue demonstrations, two crew members racing to get dressed in under a minute, a chance for the children to meet Stormy Stan (RNLI Storm Force mascot), and have a look on the boat. Refreshments were available as were the bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle and plant stalls, which raised an amazing £381.16.

This was an excellent opportunity to come and see what happens at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, to see first hand the equipment that is purchased with these voluntary donations, and how it is used.
The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations and legacies,not HM Government. It is these donations that enable the RNLI to carry out its life saving duties at sea.'

Everyone at the station would like to thank everybody who supported this years event, whether it be by donation, helping out or visiting - if it wasn't for you, this event wouldn't have been the success it was.

Monday, 16 June 2008

16th June 2008


It has been a busy week training wise at the station. We had an exercise planned for the Thursday 12th June comprising of Henk a shorehelper and boatyard owner launching his safety boat with 2 other crew members going as casualty. The scenario was that Henk whilst returning to Rye Harbour stumbled across 2 divers, one with the bends and the other hypothermic, his boat then failed to start after recovering the casualties from the water. The lifeboat launched an hour later quickly locating the speedboat and then dealing with the 2 casualties on board, after the first aid was finished and all were happy the lifeboat towed the boat back to the harbour.

Sunday mornings exercise was a bit delayed as we had to do a fuel run before going to sea. The exercise wasn't planned and was really just to test the video camera we have on loan at the station for a month, you may soon see some footage on the web site. After 45 mins of getting to grips with it we returned to the harbour only getting half way down the river when the boathouse called to say their was a broken down speed boat that required assistance 1 mile from our position. We proceeded at best speed to the location where we found 2 parents and their daughter all of whom were safe and well, this simply left us just to give them a tow back to Rye Harbour taking full advantage of the video camera on board.

We have our Open Day at the station this Saturday so much of this week will be spent getting the place spic and span for the visiting public.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Station Open Day - Saturday, 21 June 2008

Come and meet the crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station open day on Saturday 21/06/2008.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station will open their doors to visitors on Saturday 21 June 2008 between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm, for the annual Station Open Day.

This is a great opportunity to come and meet the volunteer crew and station personnel. Throughout the day there will be Launch and Rescue demonstrations. Stormy Stan (the mascot from the RNLI's 'Storm Force' magazine) will also be making an appearance.


Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat said:

‘The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations and legacies,not HM Government. It is these donations that enable the RNLI to carryout its life saving duties at sea. This is an excellent opportunity to come and see what happens at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, to see first hand, the equipment that is purchased with these voluntary donations and how it is used'.

Friday, 30 May 2008

Final Farewell

On Friday, 30 May 2008 Rye Harbour, Hastings and Dungeness RNLI Lifeboats came together to say a final farewell to Rye Harbour Crewman ‘Mark Gozna’ who died on March 31.

The three lifeboats, along with a party of friends and relatives, plotted a course for Marks final voyage. One of Marks last wishes was to have his ashes scattered at sea by Rye Harbour Lifeboat.

Mark was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and will be sadly missed.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

25 May 2008

It is a Sunday morning and a bank holiday weekend. Training goes on as normal at the station, we currently have 5 probationary crew and 1 person showing a healthy interest so when their is water available we need to get them to sea to gain the experience they will in time require. Given the conditions it would not be a surprise if we get tasked at some point.

Yesterday we also had a training exercises during which we was tasked to Camber Sands to recover an inflatable that had blown off the beach due to a strong offshore breeze. Later in the day we was paged and launched to a broken down speed boat that was positioned just up river from the station. Turned out to be a relatively quiet day considering the wind and later ebbing tide though the breeze wasn't the warmest and with patchy cloud had deterred the usually keen beach goers.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Broken down speedboat, stranded at Rye

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B-727, launched at 3.45 pm on Saturday 24 May 2008 to a 4 metre speedboat which had broken down at Rye and was in danger of becoming stranded.

Lifeboat B-7272 arrived at the casualty five minutes later to find that she had gone aground. The decision was taken to re-float the speedboat and tow her back to the public slipway at Rye Harbour.

The casualty was put back on her trailer and the Lifeboat returned to station. At 4.25 pm the Lifeboat was ready for service, after being washed down.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) at Rye Harbour said:

'If you have an engine in your craft, the RNLI would strongly recommend that you know the basics of starting, running and maintaining it. Appropriate spares should be carried on board and fuel should be calculated on approximately 1/3 for the outward trip, 1/3 for the return and 1/3 as spare.

More information on Sea Safety can be found at www.rnliseasafety.org.uk

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Jet Ski broken down off Camber Sands

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727 launched on Sunday, 11 May 2008 at 2.06 pm to a broken down jet ski at sea off Camber Sands, one and a half miles south east of Rye Harbour.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B-727, arrived at the casualty 10 minutes later. The jet ski was taken in tow and returned to the public slipway at Rye Harbour with both occupants.

The lifeboat returned to station at 2.43 pm and was ready for service at 3 pm after being washed down.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said:

‘The occupants did the correct thing by calling for assistance, they had taken all reasonable steps to get the jet ski re-started but to no avail

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Nine year old boy, missing for 2 hours on kayak

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727, launched on Saturday 10 May 2008 at 2.22 pm to search for a nine year old boy out in his kayak, missing for two hours.

Dover Coastguard requested Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727 launch to search for a nine year old boy, afloat in his kayak, after he had been reported as missing for two hours.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene at 2.26 pm. They were re-directed to a new location where a kayak had been seen. When the lifeboat arrived at the new location, they found a kayak: the occupant confirmed that he was the missing child. Also aboard the kayak was a second boy who had gone to help the nine year old find his parents.

Both boys were returned safely to shore.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) at Rye Harbour said:

‘This search had a positive outcome as the casualty was located quickly. On average four young people are rescued every day.

For more information visit www.rnli.org.uk/shorething .

Thursday, 8 May 2008

'Vic Anna' broke away from her mooring

Rye Harbour Lifeboat, B-727, launched on Thursday, 08 May 2008 at 12.35 pm to fishing vessel 'Vic Anna' who had broken away from her mooring - being swept under Monkbretton Bridge at Rye Fish Market.

The Harbour Master at Rye Harbour contacted Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour requesting the assistance of the lifeboat with a salvage pump to help with the Rye Fishing boat 'Vic Anna' who had broken away from her mooring without any crew aboard, being swept under Monkbretton Bridge and taking on water.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727 arrived at the casualty two minutes later with a salvage pump but unfortunately the casualty had already sunk under the railway bridge, upstream on the River Rother.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said:

‘One of the reasons that we train twice a week here at Rye Harbour is: you never know what the crew will have to face when they arrive on scene. In this instance it only took two minutes to arrive at the scene but unfortunately the casualty had already sunk.

Regular training is vital to allow volunteers to go to sea and save lives. Today, only 1 in 10 crew members join the RNLI with any professional maritime background’.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

All at sea for overdue Rigid Inflatable Boat

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727, launched on service today (28/02/2008) at 6.30 pm to a 5 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) which had been reported as overdue. The RIB with blue tubes and a white hull launched at Rye Harbour around 2 pm and was heading to Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour with three people onboard.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-727 headed to the cliffs at Fairlight where they started their search at 6.44 pm heading west towards Hastings. When they reached Hastings they turned east searching back to Rye Harbour while Coastguard teams were searching towards the west.

Dover Coastguard extended the search area, requesting the launch of Hastings RNLI all-weather and inshore Lifeboats as well as Eastbourne RNLI all-weather Lifeboat. The Coastguard Spotter plane Whisky Bravo was scrambled and joined the search at 7.24 pm.

During the search, information was received by Dover Coastguard that a RIB fitting the description was seen passing the lifeboat house at Hastings at about 4 pm.

The RIB was found tied to groynes on the shore at Cooden Beach Hotel. Three individuals were found safe ashore. Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was released from the search at 7.42 pm along with all parties involved in the search.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station said:

‘Today’s service resulted in the south coast from Rye Harbour to Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour being searched for a rigid inflatable boat (RIB), which was located within 60 minutes of the search being started.

Regular training is vital to allow volunteers to go to sea and save lives. It costs an average of £1,000 a year to train each volunteer crew member. As a charity the RNLI is funded through voluntary contributions.’

Monday, 28 April 2008

Assistance requested by Hastings all-weather Lifeboat

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B-727, ‘Commander & Mrs Rodney Wells’ was diverted from exercise on Sunday (27/04/08) morning to assist Hastings RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat 12-002, ‘Sealink Endeavour’ which was on service to the 50 foot yacht ‘Fog Cutter’ who was taking water off Pett Level.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B-727, was requested at 12.02 pm to assist with the service – to transfer equipment and personnel between Hastings RNLI Lifeboat and casualty.

At 12.30 pm the decision was made to tow the casualty ‘Fog Cutter’ to Dover. Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was released from the service at 12.48 pm and returned to station at 1 pm.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Safety first...

The two strong points used for a beach recovery at Rye Harbour were safety tested Thursday night. A certificate was issued for each strong point detailing a safe working limit of 5 tonnes.

To ensure operational availability it was necessary for the Lifeboat to be taken to the shore with a full crew and launching team.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Dog jumps into the River Rother

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat crew launched today(17/04/2008) at 6.25 pm to a dog which jumped into the River Rother at Rye Harbour, whilst chasing a seagull. The rescue took place without the use of a boat as there was not enough water in the river.

Four crew members attended the incident by vehicle, taking the station maintenance ladder with them to gain access to the river bed. The dog, Millie, a Patterdale terrier had swam across the river to Camber - where she became stranded on a sand bar near the mouth of the River Rother.

Two of the Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat crew climbed down the ladder and waded across the river to where the dog was stranded. They caught Millie and carried her back across the river and up the ladder, where she was reunited with her owners Mr and Mrs Wintle of Crowhurst.

Tony Edwards, RNLI DLA (Deputy Launching Authority) at Rye Harbour said:
‘The owners did the right thing by not attempting to get into the river to rescue the dog, but instead telephone for assistance. RNLI Lifeboat crews have the necessary equipment to enable them to carry out a safe rescue.
The crew train Sunday mornings and Monday evenings: regular training is vital to allow volunteers to go to sea and save lives'.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Dog stranded after jumping into river


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat crew launched today at 2.35 pm to a Staffordshire bull terrier named 'Millie', after she jumped into the River Rother at Rye Harbour.

The crew had to borrow a 3.5m RIB (rigid inflatable boat) from Henk Ruysch, owner of Rye Harbour Marine as there was not enough water in the river to launch the RNLI Lifeboat, B-727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells'.

The three man crew made their way to the casualty arriving at 2.45 pm. The dog was distressed, making it impossible for the crew to recover her into the boat. The decision was made: to collect the owner who would calm the dog, assisting her safe recovery.

The lifeboat returned to station at 3.27 pm with 'Millie', her owner and the three crew.

Laura Furlong, Millie's owner said: 'We are so grateful'.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said:
‘This type of rescue is not unusual here at Rye Harbour, we have several shouts to dogs in the river each year.

‘The crew here at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station train twice a week. Today, only one in ten crew members join the RNLI with any professional maritime background’.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Life's a funny old lot

Since my last blog spirits have been up and down, up and down.

A very nice evening was had at The Top O' The Hill pub earlier this month when Peter Clark, our Station Padre had a retirement do for the Crew. Peter is a very nice man and will, I am sure be missed by all at the Station. He is moving away from the Rye Area, but will be carrying on his Chaplaincy work in his new locality.

When you do this job you get to know everybody at the Station as individuals, (as well as team members). Some are are hard going and some are very easy to get to know and work with.

This month I lost a friend to Cancer. Mark was a very enthusiastic crew member at Rye Harbour. He was a keen Sailor, had shares in a speed boat, but most of all he was a Lifeboat man in the true meaning of the word. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he was always prepared to help. His enthusiasm was in deed infectious. He will be remembered for a long time.

Last week we had our fist proper shout of the year (not that the others weren't serious for those involved). The wind was five gusting six from the South West. It was an hour and a half after high water and we had a 35ft Trawler working out of Rye three and a half miles SSE of the Harbour was having fuel problems. The Lifeboat was launched to her assistance and the casualty was towed home. It was a first for the Helmsman in charge and all went well. One of our new lads discovered that it is quite easy to part company with a Cheese and Pickle sandwich in rough weather, even if it is your favourite.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Fishing boat 'Vic Anna', suffering from fuel problems

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B727, launched at 4.30 pm on 11/04/2008 to the 35 foot fishing vessel 'Vic Anna', suffering from fuel problems.

Whilst the Lifeboat was making its way through choppy to rough seas, the skipper of 'Vic Anna' reported to Dover Coastguard that they had deployed their anchor - which wasn't holding and they were drifting towards shore off Galloway's Tower.

At 4.52 pm Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat took fishing boat 'Vic Anna' in tow and returned her to her moorings at the Fish Market at Rye. Lifeboat B727 returned to station at 6.25 pm.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Lifeboat DLA (Deputy Launching Authority) at Rye Harbour said: ‘It was a text book launch. The crew were paged at 4.22 pm and the Lifeboat was on its way eight minutes later. The regular crew training was definitely put to good use in today's rough sea.

The RNLI offers sea safety advice to fishermen and sailors. More information is available at www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety

Friday, 11 April 2008

First Aid Exercise 6th April 2008

It's been a while since my last entry so this time their is lots to talk about. We are continuing to train here at Rye Harbour on Sundays, Monday evenings and now Thursday evenings too. Though new volunteers starting at the station are only required to attend twice a month, we offer another evening for keener individuals or target someone's specific needs or established crew to brush up. We are soon to have a larger demand too, as three 17 year old lads are soon to be joining so the extra session gives all probationers an equal chance on the boat.

As the title is headed first aid I will talk now about the planned exercise that took place last Sunday. We are fortunate enough to have Natalie a paramedic on the crew, between Nat and myself we come up with some scenarios. Nat offers the first aid side and I try and work that around the boat side and the two generally work together quite nicely giving a realistic impression of the sort of incidents our crew face. This exercise in particular was set in the dunes at Camber Sands, the lifeboat crew were told a man was 400 meters west of central car park and had injured his leg. Little did the crew know Nat had managed to get hold of a severed foot (not a real one!) so this was used as a part of the exercise. The crew on arrival then discovered this, they stopped the bleeding by dressing the wound, immobilised the casualty and stretchered him back to the lifeboat. At this stage the exercise was complete and the boat returned for a debrief.

Debriefs are important, as it gives everyone an opportunity to express their thoughts and it also gives Nat the chance to offer some of her advice and better methods. Naturally once all was complete it was off to the pub for the "official debrief"as well as a few laughs!!

Friday, 4 April 2008

Now we know why...

One of life's many questions has been answered by this photo - kindly sent in by Tony Edwards

Now we know why it takes seven hours for the tide to come in...



Monday, 31 March 2008

Death of Mark Gozna, crew member at Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour RNLI Crewman, Mark Gozna, aged 44, died in the early hours of Monday, 31 March 2008. During his service at Rye Harbour, the station lifeboats launched 37 times rescuing 34 people.

Mark joined the crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on 16 March 2006, whilst in remission from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, becoming an enthusiastic team member. Unfortunately the disease came back in early 2007.

To show their support, the crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station had their heads shaved at the annual BBQ raising over £2000 for Professor Cunningham’s Research Fund at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Mark said ‘I was bald at the time, following a round of high-dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, so we all matched. It was very funny and a great show of support, we all had a fantastic day and I’m so grateful to them all’.

Mark later appeared on GMTV to talk about living with cancer, alongside Holby City’s Tom Chambers whose character was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said ‘Mark was a valuable team member, giving 100 percent all the time. His enthusiasm, commitment and positive approach was infectious; carrying him and the crew through many difficult times.

Mark will be sadly missed as he was part of the Lifeboat Family here at Rye Harbour, once we get through the sad times we will all have our really happy memories.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, Marks childhood sweetheart and wife of over 16 years, who is also a crew member here at Rye Harbour’.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Donations: In memory of...

Donations have been received in memory of the following people:

Mrs Joan Tapper

Mr Mick Fannon

It is donations like these that enable the RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Fishing Vessel - suffering engine failure

Sunday 16 March 2008 at 16.13 pm, Lifeboat B-727 launched on service, after being requested by Dover Coastguard to assist a 21ft Fishing Vessel ‘Moon Raker’ suffering from machinery failure in the harbour entrance at Rye Harbour.

When the Lifeboat arrived at the casualty, the 2 man crew had managed to restart the engines. With the Lifeboat escorting them, the fishing vessel made their own way into port.

Boat owners can find out more about sea safety at the RNLI website: www.rnliseasafety.org.uk.

Diverted from exercise: to assist motor cruiser

During the weekly exercise on Sunday 9 March 2008 the Lifeboat, B727, was diverted to assist ‘Thelda’ an eight metre motor cruiser - suffering from engine failure and being blown aground on the eastern bank of the River Rother between Rye Harbour and Rye.

The alarm was raised at 12.30 pm by Carl Bagwell, Harbour Master. The Lifeboat was with the casualty at 12.40 pm. The casualty was taken in tow and returned to it's moorings at Rye Town.

The Lifeboat returned to station at 1.20 pm and was ready for service at 2.10 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour said:

‘This may seem a routine problem to us, but if you are the captain suffering the engine failure then it is a very real problem to you’

‘Boat owners can find out more about sea safety at the RNLI website: www.rnliseasafety.org.uk.’

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Hurricane - Force 12 gust recorded



The storm that hit the UK yesterday (03/10/2008) saw a gust of 66 knots (approx 76 miles per hour) being recorded here at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station - the gust was recorded at 08.14am.


The photo above was taken at 12.20pm at the harbour entrance, shortly after the picture on the right was taken: a windsurfer or should that be a potential customer - on the otherside of the river at Camber Sands.

If you would like to see video footage - then visit our channel at www.YouTube.com/harbourbu0y.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Website updated...


Today, some more photos have been added to the general gallery at the Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station website - the new photos were taken by the crew on the lifeboat at the time.
The picture to the left of this entry is one of the new photos.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Monday 3rd March 2008 Training

A busy week started with Don Paige becoming a Helmsman (Congrats to him). He was assessed by Alan Head one of our inspectors. We set off for a low water launch and recovery at 6pm and were finished, washed up and done by quarter past midnight.

Sunday was an early start as we had the sea cadets down on a visit. They arrived just after 9am, about 28 of them ranging from 8-12. On arrival they were shown a DVD outlining the institutions train one, save many campaign. Then after a short safety briefing they were split into 4 groups rotating between sessions based on, Station History, Personal and Protective Equipment, Tractor Talk and a talk on the B Class Atlantic Lifeboat. Once complete the boat and tractor was pulled outside for a photo with the cadets and crew, all went away happy.

Next was our monthly crew meeting, then cleaning to follow - so the place is now spick-and-span. Life jackets are also checked over: flare dates on them and the condition as well as the gas canisters. Also boat equipment is checked, first aid kit, oxygen, flares etc. Sundays training ended with a pub lunch and a few bevvies at the local social club.

Monday there was water so we launched at 6.30pm to practise some manoeuvre's. Whilst out the boat experienced some problems with one of the engines, the mechanic Stuart Hobbs was called and after a process of elimination found the fault and fixed it there and then. The boat then went back out to sea for testing and once all parties were happy, recovered the boat onto the trailer. We were out for a couple of hours after which the boat was washed down and made ready for service.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

New Helmsman at Rye Harbour



Following an Inspector’s Exercise on Mondaynight (25/02/08), Don Paige became the fifth helmsman at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station.

After successfully completing his ‘B’ Class Helm course at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset; Don has been putting all his newly gained knowledge to use over the last few months.

Last nights exercise saw Don put all that knowledge into practice, whilst being put through his paces. At the end of the exercise, Don was passed out as an RNLI ‘B’ Class Helmsman.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Rye Harbour said:

‘Training is vital to allow volunteers to go to sea and save lives. On average, it cost £20,000 for training at each lifeboat station, each year. The RNLI’s Train one, save many fundraising campaign aims to raise £10 million over 5 years for the vital training our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards need'.

'I would like to congratulate Don on attaining his new position as a Helmsman'.