|Crew member being winched from Lifeboat B-842|
The Crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station were put through their paces along with the crew of Coastguard Helicopter 104 today during the annual training exercise held in Rye Bay.
For some of the crew, this was the first time they have trained with a helicopter, which is a unique experience. In addition to the normal factors that have to be taken into account by the helmsman, the helicopter presents additional ones - such as downdraft and noise.
Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station said 'Todays exercise gave the crew an opportunity to practice skills that are only used in exceptional circumstances, where Lifeboats and Helicopters carryout joint rescues