Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Hog Roast: 11 September 2010 at 7pm

Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station will be hoasting a Hog Roast for their annual fundraising event. The event will be held on Saturday, 11 September 7 for 7.30pm at Rye Community Primary School.

Dress Smart Casual.

Tickets £25 each.

For more information or to book a ticket(s), please phone Steve or Richard Tollett on 01797 223631.

We hope to see you all there.

All profits raised are for the RNLI, to enable them to continue saving lives at sea.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Nighttime swimmer: missing

At 1.23am, Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie launched on service to a person missing on Camber Sands. The alarm was raised by a friend of the suspected missing person after he told friends that he was going to attempt to swim the River Rother at the harbour entrance and had not been seen since.

Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie arrived on scene at 1.26pm and commenced a search of the immediate area and the shoreline. Six Lifeboat Crew members went to the beach to conduct a search of the river wall and beach on the western side of the River Rother. During the search of the western side of the River Rother, a pair of Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a pair of socks were found approximately 150 metres inland of the white light towards Rye Harbour Village.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie searched from Jury's Gap, Camber to Dog's Hill, Winchelsea Beach and from the mouth of the River Rother to the lifeboat station. Due to the ebbing tide, it was not possible for Hello Herbie to go further up the river as there was not enough water. Dover Coastguard increased the lifeboat search area out to sea for one mile. During the course of this service, RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie covered an area of approximately 5 square miles.

The foreshore, land and dunes were searched by Dungeness and Rye Bay Coastguard Companies. At 3.55am Coastguard Helicopter 'Rescue 104' joined the search. At 4.21am Dover Coastguard updated the description of missing person; 17 year old, 6 foot male - wearing a white hooded top with black swim shorts and no shoes. At 4.30am the search was called off. The missing person was found in undergrowth behind one of the campsites in Camber Village.

At 4.35am the recovery party, left Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station to go and recover Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie from the beach at Rye Harbour. The recovery and cleaning down of all the equipment is expected to take between two and a half to three hours.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'Whilst a lot of time, effort and money has gone into this rescue, the outcome is a happy one. This could have had disasterous consequences, resulting in a teenagers body being recovered. It is launches like this, in the middle of the night, that puts all the regular training into practice. It enables our volunteer crews to go and do extraordinary things'