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'.