Sunday, 21 July 2013

Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station Boule Knockout Tournament raised £334 for RNLI Funds


The Boule Knockout Tournament hosted by Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on Sunday 21 July at the Inkerman Arms was a great success, raising £334 for RNLI funds.

Just before the start of play, the crew pagers went off and the crew and other station personnel left to attend the lifeboat call. The crew who had signed up to play, managed to get back in time to play their games. The final was played by Alan Pawson and Stan Ridley, which ended with Stan winning.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event, either by donating prizes, donations of money or who played in the tournament. Special thanks go to Margaret and Stan Ridley for donating the winner’s shield and to Mark and Lorraine Stevens for the BBQ and letting us have the event at their venue.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Stations said, ‘the event was really well attended and a great day for all the family. On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour Lifeboat station I would like to thank Stan Ridley for donating his winner’s money prize to the RNLI. 92% of the RNLI income comes from voluntary donations.

Volunteer Lifeboat crew rescue man in river whilst on the way to assist the broken down speedboat 'Mr Bump'

RNLI Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' alongside broken down speedboat 'Mr Bump'
Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched at 1:40pm at the request of Dover Coastguard to assist a broken down speedboat with 4 occupants, just outside the entrance of Rye Harbour


At 1:46pm Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ arrived alongside the casualty, a 4 meter speedboat ‘Mr Bump’ suffering from complete electrical failure. The casualty was taken in tow and returned to the public slipway at Rye Harbour.

Dog walker in water, unable to climb up river wall
Whilst on route to the broken down speedboat, the volunteer crew of Rye Harbour Lifeboat spotted a person, waist deep in the water on the eastern wall of the River Rother. The man, a dog owner, had walked down the wall to retrieve his dog from the river, slipping on the seaweed and entering the water.

Being a non-swimmer, he was unable to climb back up the wall due to the amount of seaweed growing on the wall.

The volunteer crew recovered the man into the lifeboat taking him to one of the ladders along the river wall where he was put ashore to climb back up the wall. Once sure that he was safe, they proceeded to the original tasking.
Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said, ‘It unusual to happen upon a person in such a serious predicament whilst going to another incident. Since the RNLI was formed in 1824 the crews and lifeguard have saved over 140,000 lives. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and is independent of the Coastguard and separate from government’

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched at 6.52pm at the request of Dover Coastguard to assist a yacht who grounded on Camber Sands earlier in the day after dropping anchor, not realising the location would dry out when the tide went out.

The 10 meter sail yacht ‘Sovrana’, being sailed by a single occupant is on passage from Beaulieu River to Morden in Essex.

Four minutes after launching, Lifeboat B-842 was alongside the casualty. After recovering the casualties’ rudder a member of the lifeboat crew went aboard. ‘Sovrana’ was towed off the beach into deeper water and then taken in tow back to Rye Harbour, where she was put on the visitors birth for the night.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said, ‘when the pager goes off we never know to what type of incident we are being tasked. The crew and shore helpers train for every eventuality exactly for this reason. Regular training is essential to keep all the volunteers up-to-date with current practices and procedures. The RNLI relies on volunteers to provide its lifesaving service’

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

RNLI Rye Harbour Volunteer Education Presenters attend Water Safety Awareness Day at Peasmarsh School



Sharon, Tony & Joe with young people

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station Volunteer Education Presenters Tony Peters and Sharon Gozna attended the Water Safety Awareness Day held on Saturday 13th July at Peasmarsh School.


The children from 10 different schools got an opportunity to spot the dangers at the seaside using the sea safety seaside map. There was also an opportunity to see some of the equipment used by the lifeboat crew plus more.

Our volunteers are available to attend a variety of events including school and youth group/organisations visits, school fetes, local fayres. These events are interactive where the young people have the opportunity to find out more about the RNLI, see and hear real life stories and ask questions. Visits to Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station can be arranged.

Tony Peters, Volunteer Education Presenter at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said ‘During 2011 453,035 young people were addressed by the RNLI. Whether young people receive the RNLI’s message in schools, at a lifeboat station or at a family event, they gain a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe near water and make safer choices’

If you would like to find out more about Education visits or visits to Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, please contact us.

Swimmer clinging on to ski buoy **Updated**

Crew advising swimmer to
head back to shore
Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 goes to the assistance of swimmer off Camber Sands

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched on service at 4.14pm at the request of Dover Coastguard to go to the assistance of a swimmer off Camber sands who was spotted clinging to a ski buoy; and had been for some time.

When the Lifeboat and the volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty he declined to be rescued as he felt he was not in any difficulty and wanted to continue his swim.

The helmsman stayed in the near vicinity of the swimmer to ensure that he was ok. Dover Coastguard was advised of the situation and Lifeboat B-842 was released from the rescue, arriving back at station at 4.40pm.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: ‘not everyone we go to rescue perceives that they are in danger. In this instance, the volunteer crew put all of their communication skills in to use advising the swimmer that he was about half a mile out to sea and encouraged him to swim back towards shore’.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Swimmer clinging on to ski buoy

Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched to the assistance of a swimmer off Camber sands who was spotted clinging to a ski buoy and had been for some time.

When the crew arrived at the casualty he declined to be rescued, so was escorted back to shore.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Heat wave madness at Camber

Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' has been busy since 10:40am when Dover Coastguard tasked them to assist in a search for a missing 10 year old.  So far the lifeboat crew have attended 16 incidents.

Summary:

10:40 - 12:29  6 incidents
12:30 - 15:55  10 incidents

9 missing children & 10 inflatables.

It is expected to increase in the next hour to hour and half as the families leave the beach. 

At 12:30, it was estimated that there were more than 25,000 people on Camber Sands