Monday, 25 May 2009

I had the fortunate experience of being one of two probationers to 'pass out' as full crew members today after being assessed by the Divisional Assessor against the competencies required. The day consisted of practical exercises such as navigation and veering down with a Q&A session once we were back in the boat house. This was the culmination of over a years work for both of us, including a weeks instruction at the excellent Lifeboat College. I would like to use this medium to thank my fellow crew for their help and support during this year -- everything that I have learnt is due to their willingness to pass on information - Thank you. We now look forward to our station open day on 6 June when there will be a masterclass in Morris Dancing!!! See you there.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Peasmarsh & District W. I. Choir concert with Holly Gurney

£350 Donation from Peasmarsh & District W. I. Choir

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station are the main beneficiary of the 2009 concert hosted by Peasmarsh and District W. I. Choir with Holly Gurney, which was held at Rye Methodist Church on Friday 8th May. The concert raised a total of £460, enabling the Choir to donate £350 (after expenses) to Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station. The evening had a varied programme, starting with 'If with all our Hearts'. During the concert Holly Gurney performed two violin solo's and there was a reading by Mary Gaddie 'April (with apologies to John Masefield)'. Following the concert there were refreshments, cake stall and a raffle.

Directing was Lois Benton, the accompanist was Jennifer Als and the choir members: Pam Ascott, Pamela Baker, Tommy Banyard, Sarah Baverstock, Gail Brooks, Linda Byrne, Doris Carree, Heather Coote, Audrey Dent, Mary Gaddie, Shirley Gibson, Betty Paine and Barbara Vane.

Richard Tollett, Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘What an unexpected surprise, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.’

Lois Benton, Director Peasmarsh and District Choir, said: ‘It was a full and varied programme ranging from Church to folk to popular numbers from West Side Story.’

Steve Tollett, Chairman for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: 'It was a very enjoyable evening and nice to see so many people attending the event.'

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Rescue: Speed boat drifting half a mile off Fairlight

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched at 5.46 pm to go to the aid of the speed boat 'Tonic', suffering engine failure and drifting half a mile off of the Coastguard lookout station at Fairlight. RNLI lifeboat B727 arrived alongside the casualty at 6.09 pm taking them in tow, RNLI lifeboat B727 arrived back at station with the casualty and the four occupants at 7 pm.

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat launched following a request by Dover Coastguard to go to the aid of the speed boat 'Tonic'. The alarm was raised by the owner, Tony Voller, who telephoned Dover Coastguard requesting help.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station, said: ‘on this occasion everything turned out well, with no-one suffering any adverse effects. If you have an engine in your craft then the RNLI 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 Sea Safety information can be found at’

Friday, 1 May 2009

Has anyone else encountered this individual when in Poole.  I was walking along thinking 'lifeboat thoughts' and was ambushed by this chap.  I've gotta feeling he is one of those lifeboat man wannabees.  Anyway, just be careful, he has a wild look in his eye and just stands there shouting 'BANG'.  Be afraid......