Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 3.23 pm today (28 June) to a broken down jet ski with two occupants a quarter of a mile east of Rye Harbour entrance off Camber Sands.
Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived along side the casualty at 3.26 pm and four minutes later had the casualty under tow and were heading back to harbour. At 3.43 pm Lifeboat B727 landed the casualty on the public slip at Rye Harbour.
The occupants of the jet ski had gone afloat earlier in the day with friends and were having fun off of Camber Sands. They were pulling an inflatable doughnut which one of the occupants would ride whilst being towed by the jet ski. The tow rope got caught in the jet causing the break down.
Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘This is one of the seasonal rescues that we make here at Rye Harbour, what looks like fun has the potential to end in tragedy. Over half of the 8000 RNLI lifeboat launches each year are to leisure craft users'.
'With this in mind the RNLI have launched a leisure marine fundraising campaign - 'Serious Fun!' Serious Fun aims to increase committed, financial support for the charity among all watersports enthusiasts, so they can enjoy the water confident in the knowledge that the RNLI is never far away should things go wrong. More information is available at http://www.rnli.org.uk/seriousfun'.