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