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’.