Sunday, 28 June 2009

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to the aid of broken down jet ski

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'

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to yacht with a broken mast

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 3.19 pm today 27 June) at the request of Dover Coastguard. The lifeboat launched to a 25ft yacht that was suffering with a broken mast, one mile south of Rye Harbour entrance.

RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived alongside the casualty at 3.28 pm; the mast had snapped at deck level and the ropes had wrapped around the propeller. At 3.38 pm Lifeboat B727 had the yacht 'Folk Music' under tow and were making their way back to harbour. RNLI Lifeboat B727 and the casualty entered the harbour at 4.03 pm and were making their way back to the casualties moorings at Rock Channel, Rye. Whilst towing the yacht 'Folk Music' back to her moorings Rye Harbour Lifeboat B727 passed a sailing dinghy that appeared to be having problems; the lifeboat crew checked with the sailors - who said that they were OK. The yacht 'Folk Music' was placed back on her moorings at 4.29 pm.

At 4.34 pm, Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 was tasked to assist the sailing dinghy 'sail number: 1357' which had capsized in the River Rother and the occupants were struggling. At 4.40 pm Lifeboat B727 was alongside the dinghy and had them under tow four minutes later. The sailing dinghy was put on the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 5 pm. It turned out that whilst the dinghy had been knocking against the wall of the river, the outer hull of the twin hulled dinghy had split and water had flooded between the two hulls - causing problems with up-righting the dinghy.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘boating and watersports should be fun but as we all know, even the best prepared can run into unexpected problems. With this in mind, the RNLI has produced a range of safety information designed to help users stay safe. For more information visit .'

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to six people cut off by the tide

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched at 5.05 pm, just five minutes after returning to station following two earlier shouts. The lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard to go to the aid of six people (2 adults and 4 children) cut off by the tide under the cliffs at Fairlight.

At 5.23 pm RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene and a member of the Lifeboat Crew was put ashore to assess the situation and the level of assistance required. The adults informed the crew member that they were all safe and well, advising that they knew that the tide was coming in; they told the crew member that they had told the fishermen near by that they were alright.

The member of the crew explained that it was another person who had seen them cut off by the tide and reported it to Dover Coastguard and not the fishermen.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘this is a classic incident of a false alarm with good intent. When at the beach, you should keep an eye on the tide, being careful not to get cut off by the tide when walking along the shore. The sea is unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy.’

Great Grandmother, Penny, undertakes 200 mile coastal walk to raise funds for the RNLI

Whilst on a world cruise aboard the 'Black Watch', Penny Pennison-Camus attended a lecture about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and was so deeply moved by the work carried out by the RNLI and the thousands of people saved each year; she decided to undertake a 200 mile sponsored walk to raise money for the RNLI. Penny paid a visit to Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station today (26 June) at 7 pm. Penny, a Great Grandmother, set off from Whitstable on her fundraising adventure on the 15 June and will be finishing at Lymington on the 15 July.

Penny, whilst at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'I was so deeply moved by the fact that so many people are rescued by the RNLI each year and yet receive no funding from the Government, having to rely entirely on donations. Although being a Great Grandmother, I enjoy very good health and love walking. I felt that I wanted to raise some funds and thought that walking would be a good way of raising funds for the RNLI. If anyone would like to sponsor me on my journey, they can make a donation at .’

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'It's amazing that people, Like Penny, undertake adventures to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, rescuing on average 21 people every day from the water, in situations which are often difficult and sometimes dangerous. The RNLI is independent from Government, relying on donations for its income.'

Penny's schedule:

Saturday 27 June - Hastings

Monday 29 June - Bexhill
Tuesday 30 June - Pevensey
Wednesday 1 July - Eastbourne
Thursday 2 July - Newhaven
Friday 3 July - Hove
Saturday 4 July - Worthing

Monday 6 July - Littlehampton
Tuesday 7 July - Bognor
Wednesday 8 July - Chichester
Thursday 9 July - Havant
Friday 10 July - Gosport
Saturday 11 July - Fishbourne

Monday 13 July - Cowes
Tuesday 14 July - Yarmouth
Wednesday 15 July - Lymington

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Boat breaks down on maiden voyage

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service on Tuesday 23 June 2009 at 1.30 pm to go to the aid of a small angling boat with one occupant, suffering engine failure one mile south of Winchelsea Beach. The alarm was raised by the owner of the boat, who contacted Hendrik Ruysch, a launcher at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station and the owner of Rye Harbour Marine.

RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived a the casualty at 1.36 pm. A member of the Crew from Rye Harbour Lifeboat transferred to the casualty and the boat was taken in tow. At 1.40 pm the lifeboat and casualty preceded back to harbour. The casualty was placed on the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 2 pm and the Lifeboat returned to station, after being washed down and refuelled, RNLI Lifeboat B727 was ready for service at 2.15 pm.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘This was a strait forward, text book tow, this is due to the crew spending many hours training for such an incident. In this case the owner had checked the engine before putting to sea and had a VHF radio, but was unfortunate when the engines wouldn't restart to come back to harbour.’

‘20 fishermen perish annually in British waters, that's why the RNLI have developed MOB Guardian - an automated alert system that can help take the Search our of Search and Rescue.’

Thursday, 18 June 2009

RNLI Chairman visits Rye Harbour Lifeboat station

Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL visited Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on Wednesday afternoon to meet the crew, station personnel and fundraisers to thank them for their considerable voluntary contribution to the RNLI. Lord Boyce's visit to Rye Harbour was concluded with a tour of the station.

During his two day visit to the south east, Lord Boyce also visited Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover, Littlestone-on-Sea and Dungeness RNLI lifeboat stations.

RNLI Chairman Lord Boyce said: ‘It’s great to be back in the south east and meet so many volunteer lifeboat crews’

‘Volunteers are the backbone of the RNLI and to meet so many is an honour and a privilege. We cannot put a value on the time and dedication they put in – such is the amount – but what we can do is to highly praise them. The RNLI could not operate without them.’

Photo courtesy of RNLI/Nathan Williams

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Station Open Day a great success

The annual station open day held on Saturday 6 June 2009 was a great success, raising over £737. RNLI Lifeboat B727, Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells and launching tractor were on view and several rescue demonstrations were carried out in the river. Dungeness RNLI All Weather Lifeboat made a visit to the station and saw several visitors having a tour of the Lifeboat.

During the day the Cinque Port Morris Men danced several dances and even Stormy Stan the RNLI Storm Force mascot joined in with the dancing. Following the last dance a cheque for £200 was presented to the station; the money was raised during the Morris dancing season in 2008. The Cinque Port Morris Men achieved a first for them by dancing in the lifeboat house.

There was a cake and general raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac stall, food and refreshment and the souvenir shop was open.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘It was a really good day. There was a steady flow of people visiting the event. This year was a great success and it was made even better by the Cinque Port Morris Men.’

Peter, Squire of the Cinque Port Morris Men, said: ‘We picked two charities to support, one of them is the RNLI and the other one is a Children's Charity near Ashford, Kent. We chose the RNLI as several of us are sailors. We couldn't believe that the RNLI doesn't receive any Government funding.’

Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: ‘I would like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men for their entertaining dances and also for the very generous donation of £200. It is donation like this that enable the RNLI to go on continuing to save lives at sea. During 2008, it cost on average £378,000 per day to run the RNLI.’

Monday, 1 June 2009

Busy afternoon for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727

RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 4.33 pm on 31/05/2009 after a report of an adult male swimmer in difficulties 500 metres east of Rye Harbour entrance. When Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene at 4.40 pm, they were advised by Dover Coastguard that they were now looking for a seven year old boy and a three year old girl who had been reported as missing in the water by their mother (the partner of the original swimmer in difficulties). Rye Harbour Lifeboat B727 commenced a parallel search from west to east along with Pett Rescue boat and Camber Coastguard.

At 5.12 pm, Dover Coastguard tasked Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat and Pett Rescue boat to proceed to the western end of Camber Sands and commence searching west to east at approximate 100 yard spans to look for a black and red inflatable with three Brazilian male occupants. It was at this time that Dover Coastguard tasked Littlestone RNLI Lifeboat B785 'Fred Clarke' to search Camber Sands from east to west and the Coastguard Spotter aeroplane GBCEN was also tasked to assist the search.

At 5.20 pm Rye Harbour Lifeboat B727 located a yellow and blue inflatable with two male occupants - after confirmation with Dover Coastguard that this was a different inflatable, the occupants were spoken to by the crew of the lifeboat and taken back to shore. At approximately 5.45 Dover Coastguard advised all parties involved in the search that all casualties had been found safe ashore and that the RNLI Lifeboats B727 and B785, Pett Rescue boat could return to their stations.

As Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 was being put back on its carriage she was tasked at 5.48 pm to an inflatable with two teenage occupants (aged about 14 years old, which appeared to be in difficulty just east of Rye Harbour entrance. The inflatable and its occupants were returned safely to shore. RNLI Lifeboat B727 returned to station at 6.15 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘It looks like the silly season is finally here. The Met Office are predicting a really hot summer and travel experts are saying that many people will be holidaying at home, we are prepared for a very busy summer. The RNLI rescue an average of four young people every day, SAFE is aimed at helping children to remember key safety messages. Remember SAFE (Spot the dangers Always go with a friend Find and follow the safety signs and flags Emergency? Stick up your hand and shout or ring 999 or 112) for more information visit .’

Dover Coastguard advised that there were over 20,000 people on Camber Sands on 31/05/2009. There were 17 incidents on 31/05/2009 (11 missing children, 3 people in distress in the water & 3 inflatables in difficulties).