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:

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:’

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.

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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.