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.