Sunday, 30 August 2009

Sunday morning at the boathouse.......this morning was utilised conducting some 'cross' training. As a volunteer organisation you never know who is going to be able to turn up for a shout. For this reason Rye Harbour attaches a lot of importance to all members of the crew having an understanding of all the tasks undertaken on station. This means that, in an emergency, the show does not stop because the normal incumbent is not available and also enhances team spirit. The picture shows our chief tractor instructor, Rod, conducting some training with one of the crew. As you can see Rod is immensely proud of his tractor!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Spot the blue swimming costume...............

I have been 'away' from the blog for a while but due to a fairly busy week or so thought it about time to post. As can be read earlier in the blog we went out to a kayaker in trouble off Pett recently - top tip for budding kayakers - kayaks will not float well with no bung in! The occupant had made it to the beach safely so all ended well. This week we had a busy day scouring the water off Camber for 7 lost children! All ended well on that day as well but I still find some of the information a little surprising that the parents give......'little Johnny aged 7, last seen heading into the water'..... also nearly all of the children reported lost were wearing blue costumes. I am not a parent and definitely don't follow fashion but perhaps parents should consider dressing their children a little more conspicuously to make them easy to pick out on such a busy beach, I don't know. I spent the shout walking chest deep in the sea from one end of the beach to the other and it was pretty warm, not for me the glory of riding on the boat ;-) If one more holiday maker had made the hilarious jape 'lost your boat?' I think there may have been even more casualties that day. What kind of person jokes when we are clearly searching for someone? Amazing! (Rant over)
I have just spent an idle hour watching small pleasure craft deploy from the public slip at Rye Harbour and I am always amazed at what people put their faith in when they venture to sea. Within 5 minutes I saw speed boats pass right under the bows of passing yachts and personal water craft narrowly missing partly submerged posts. Surely the fact that they are launching right next to a lifeboat station would make some people consider their own and others safety?
Anyway no shouts as I write so hopefully everyone is enjoying a great day at sea, safely. More soon...................

Friday, 21 August 2009

First Aid administered to skippers face

RNLI relief Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched on service on 20/08/2009 at 2.45 pm. Dover Coastguard contacted the Lifeboat Operation Manager at Rye Harbour to advise him that they had received a telephone call from the skipper of a 4m RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), who were experiencing a lot of sea between Hastings and Rye Harbour and were unhappy with the
situation but didn't feel that he needed the Lifeboat.

It was felt by Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour that it would be prudent to launch and escort the casualty in to harbour, a course of action that was agreed with by Dover Coastguard. Lifeboat B762 met the casualty west of Rye Harbour entrance at 2.50 pm. It was noticed that the skipper had a cut to his face, which had been received when he had head butted the steering wheel. The skippers wife was very concerned by their situation almost to the extent of being frightened. Reassurance was given by the crew of Lifeboat B762 and the boat was escorted into Rye Harbour.

The casualty was put on the public slipway at Rye Harbour and they put their boat back on its trailer at 3.15 pm. After they had recovered their boat, both husband and wife came into the boathouse and first aid was given to the skippers face. The Lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service at 3.50 pm.

Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'this is one of those situations that the crew train on a regular basis for. Today, only 1 in 10 crew members joins the RNLI with a professional maritime occupation.'

Seven missing persons.

RNLI relief Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched on 19/08/09 at 3.40 pm after being requested by Dover Coastguard to assist with a search for seven missing children at Camber sands. Lifeboat B762 was on scene at 3.45 pm and a thorough search of the area conducted.

Because of the number of people on the beach at Camber, two additional crew members were put ashore by the Lifeboat to help search for the Children on the beach. Throughout the afternoon reports of children being found by persons ashore, were being received and at 5.20 pm Dover Coastguard reported that all seven missing children had been found.

Before departing from the scene, Lifeboat B762 was tasked to carry out one last sweep along the whole length of Camber Sands. This completed the Lifeboat prepared for a low water recovery just west of Rye Harbour entrance. At 6.10 pm Lifeboat B762 reported that they had come across three swimmers, at least half a mile from the shore and all were struggling to make it back ashore. They were recovered into the Lifeboat and landed on Camber Sands. The Lifeboat then returned to the recovery location and was recovered onto it's carriage at 6.20 pm. The Lifeboat arrived back at station at 7.15 pm and was ready for service at 8 pm.

Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'The RNLI rescues an average of four young people every day. Remember SAFE. SAFE is aimed at helping children remember key sea safety messages: Spot the dangers. Always go with a friend. Find and follow safety signs and flags. Emergency? Stick up your hands and shout or ring 999 or
112. For more information visit'

Monday, 10 August 2009


Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched on service today (10/08/09) at 3.18 pm, to a person in the water a half mile south of Pett Level slipway. When RNLI Lifeboat B762 arrived on scene at 3.30 pm the casualty had already made their way to shore.

When RNLI Lifeboat B762 arrived on scene, contact was made with the casualty; a teenage male (about 17 years old) holidaying at Pett Level. He confirmed that he had been out on his kayak which had been holed, causing it to fill with water and sink - his only option was to swim back to shore without the kayak.

RNLI Lifeboat B762 left the scene at 3.35 pm, on their way back to station, the crew of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat recovered the part sunken kayak and arrived back at station at 4.15 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: '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'