Sunday, 5 October 2014

*** Shout *** Broken down boat

Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched on service to a broken down boat off Winchelsea Beach.  More details to follow

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A quiet period.

The title is probably tempting fate but we are now in a quieter period although the weather holds fair so who knows what the weekend might bring.
It's maintenance time on station and we are concentrating on some much needed painting of the launching carriage.
Neck and cuff seals are being repaired where they need it, the cooler weather means that it's even more important to make sure the kit and PPE are on top line.
Our newest member successfully passed his medical so is now eager awaiting the go ahead from Poole so he can get out there and start the year long learning curve that will hopefully see him as a full crew member by this time next year.

  Friday night is quiz night at the Rye harbour Social Club in aid of the RNLI
Teams of up to six, it costs £2 per person and starts at 7:30
I'm reliably informed that one of the teams consists of The LOM, a DLA and other resident experts who will obviously know all the Lifeboat questions but don't let this put you off because they have been known to be wrong.
It was around 1967 according to the LOM

Monday, 15 September 2014

A busier week this week with two shouts although the one Friday ended up being an assembly only, it was to a report of two persons on an inflatable off of Camber Sands but we were beaten to it by a kayak.
At the end of the day it's not important who does the rescuing as long as it ends up satisfactory.
If you see someone in trouble even if there are kayaks and speed boats about don't be afraid to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
People often think it's quicker to ring the harbour master, the local boatyard or even someone they know on the lifeboat crew but the quickest way to get help is to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
They will task us while still talking to you and a couple of minutes can make all the difference.
The other shout has already been posted so I won't bore you with that one.
Training continues and our newest man is getting a familiarity trip in the boat tonight, no point in teaching him too much and then finding out he doesn't like it out there.
I went to Hastings RNLI 999 day yesterday and it's surprising just how organisations both payed and voluntary there are out prepared to come to your aid if you get in trouble.
A good day talking to like minded people followed by the mandatory fish and chips.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

***Shout*** Workman injured

**** Shout ****

Launched on service to a workman on a merchant vessel following a fall. More details will follow in the news release

Monday, 8 September 2014

Sunday

Today the station welcome two new prospective crew, time will tell whether they continue and progress to become full crew members.
Let's hope so, we can certainly do with some new members, if you think you've got what it takes to become a member of the crew then why not pay us a visit, we train on Sunday mornings, Monday nights and Thursday nights.
We don't care if you don't know one end of the boat from the other, we will teach you everything you need to know about the boat and all the things that go to get it to sea.
Be prepared to become a cleaner and tea maker, we all have to start somewhere.

The boat never launched yesterday but training continued in the form of a first aid exercise on the catwalk utilising the stretcher to get an injured casualty back to the boathouse.
With autumn around the corner and the kids back at school things will be a tad quieter from now on but training will continue.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 tasked to windsurfer at Eastern End of Camber

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched on service at 3.22pm today (31 July) after Dover Coastguard received a call from a member of the public who had seen a windsurfer clinging to their board and thought to be in trouble.

The volunteer crew arrived on scene at 3.35pm but were unable to find any casualty.  A search was conducted between Central car park at Camber and Jury’s Gap on the eastern end of Camber and back but no-one was found to be in trouble.  At 4pm it was agreed that following a comprehensive search of the area that RNLI Lifeboat B-842 should return to station.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ arrived back at station at 4.10pm and was ready for service 25 minutes later after being washed down.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, Richard Tollett said ‘whilst on this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent, it is always necessary to check. 

Statistics show that approximately 150 people drown around the UK coastline each year (more than those killed in cycling accidents).  For more information on coastal safety then visit: RNLI.org/RespectTheWater

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station Boule Knockout Tournament 2014 a great success


The Boule Knockout Tournament hosted by Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on Sunday 27 July at the Inkerman Arms was a great success, raising £300 for RNLI funds.

This year’s event saw 24 players registering to take part.  The tournament final was played by Dave Courts and Alan Pawson (2013 finalist), resulting in Alan taking the prize. 

Thanks to everyone who supported the event, either by donating prizes, donations of money or who played in the tournament. Special thanks go to Mark and Lorraine Stevens for cooking the donated food and letting us use the Inkerman Arms for the afternoon.


Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Stations said, ‘the event was really well attended and a great afternoons entertainment.  On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour Lifeboat station I would like to thank Jamie Wickens Butchers at the Ship, Rye Bakery, Crouch Butchers, Kent Fine Foods, H.T. Whites and Bill Bentley along with everyone who supported this year’s event.  In 2013 fundraising events raise £51.7M for the RNLI.

Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ goes to the aid of a broke down speedboat

Casualty  alongside jetty at Rye Harbour
Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched on service to go to the assistance of a broken down speedboat on Saturday 26 July.

The occupants of the speedboat contacted Dover Coastguard to request assistance as the boat had suffered engine failure 2 miles south of Rye Harbour entrance.  RNLI Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched at 11.27am at the request of Dover Coastguard and was alongside the casualty at 11.35am.  It was agreed that the casualty would be taken in tow and returned to the Public Slipway at Rye Harbour.  The arrived at the Public Slipway at 12.05pm.

Following the washing down of the lifeboat, tractor and all equipment, Lifeboat B-842 was ready for service at 12.50pm.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said ‘every time we get a shout, you never know what you will find when you arrive on scene.  The RNLI advise wearing a lifejacket and  checking your engine and fuel before going to sea’.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Open Weekend 2014 a great success



Copyright Richard Tollett
Rye Harbour & Dungeness Lifeboats
This year’s open weekend held on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July was a great success, raising £875 for RNLI funds.

There was an opportunity to see rescue demonstrations in the river throughout the weekend. This year the new Shannon class all weather lifeboat from Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat station attended the event, giving visitors the opportunity to have a look around the newest RNLI Lifeboat in the fleet.
Copyright Richard Tollett 2014
Ambulance Service & Rother Responders

For the first time, the event was attended by the Ambulance Service, Rother Responders and Rye Fire Brigade. Visitors got the opportunity to have a look around the appliances and equipment and talk to the personnel. There was also the opportunity to see first aid demonstrations.

Copyright Richard Tollett 2014
Rye Fire Brigade
Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Stations said “This year’s event was an outstanding success. I would like to thank the Ambulance Service, Rother First Responders, Rye Fire Brigade and Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station for helping to make the event the great success it was. It was a wonderful opportunity for the visitors to meet 4 of the emergency services”.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Rye Harbour Volunteers awarded RNLI's Gold Badge

Copyright Andrew Tollett 2014
(left to right): Jean Brown, Wendy Barnes, Margaret Stoodley & Betty Broocks
Volunteers Betty Broocks, Margaret Stoodley, Jean Brown and Wendy Barnes Fundraising Committee Members at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station attended the RNLIs Annual Presentation of Awards on Thursday 22 May at the Barbican, where they were each awarded with the RNLIs Gold Badge in recognition of their long and devoted service with Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Branch.

The Badges were awarded by Mark Criddle, Coxswain of Torbay Lifeboat, who was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for gallantry in 2008 after rescuing eight members of the crew from the cargo ship ‘Ice Prince’.

Betty joined in March 1984 but had been actively involved at the lifeboat station since it was reopened in 1966.  Her husband Terry was one of the helmsmen of the then D Class Lifeboat.

Margaret joined on 1 August 1985. Being part of the fundraising committee at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station and also serving on the Rye and Winchelsea District Branch committee.

Jean joined on 14 October 1985 when there was a drive to raise money for a new lifeboat house and to raise money for much needed equipment.

Wendy joined the Rye and Winchelsea District Branch committee in 1986 and then joined Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station helping to establish the now Fundraising Team.

Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Branch said “It’s amazing to think that these 4 exceptional ladies have collectively contributed over 116 years of voluntary service to the RNLI.  

They have faced all the elements in their efforts to raise much needed funds to help run the RNLI, as well as supporting the crew throughout the night when out on shouts or doing their 24 hour fund raising events.

On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to Betty, Margaret, Jean and Wendy on their award.

In 2013 £51.7 M was fund raised by the RNLI's 20,000 volunteer Community Fundraisers, which went towards the £144.6 M it costs to run the RNLI."

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 assists 32ft Sail Yacht

Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 launched on service on Friday 25 April at 7.35pm at the request of Dover Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a 32ft sail yacht which had broken down at the Rye Fairway Buoy.

The two occupants of the sail yacht raised the alarm, contacting Dover Coastguard. Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 launched at 7.35pm and arrived alongside the casualty five minutes later. It was agreed that Relief Lifeboat B-835 would take the stricken vessel in tow and bring her into Rye Harbour. The casualty was placed on the visitors berth adjacent to the Harbour Masters office at 8.35pm.

The casualty was on passage from Ramsgate to the West Country when she suffered engine failure in Rye Bay

RNLI Stalwart Priscilla Ryan presented with the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge

Priscilla Ryan was presented with the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge by Katherine Vasey, RNLI Area Manager for London and the South East on Thursday 24 April 2014 at Rye Town Hall, in the presence of His Worshipful the Mayor of Rye, Shaun Rogers.

Priscilla started as an RNLI volunteer in London over 68 years ago. When she moved to Rye, she became an active member of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch organising the RNLI’s Annual Flag Day street collection as well as the House to House Collection and many other fundraisers. For many years Priscilla was the President of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch and retained the position when the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch merged with Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station Branch.

As the years ticked on, Priscilla didn’t shy away from the many challenges and changes that were facing the RNLI, being an active member in helping evolve the fundraising team to what it is today. Before taking steps to slow down, Priscilla could be found in the souvenir shop at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on a Saturday or Sunday. Priscilla has now retired from the Volunteering world of the RNLI but still promotes the RNLI to the fullest, raising funds where she can.

Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, Steve Tollett said “Priscilla is a true stalwart of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Fundraising Committee at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station felt that it would be appropriate for Priscilla to be nominated for an award for her support and dedication to the RNLI. Priscilla was nominated for the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge; which was awarded 10 years ago.

On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to congratulate Priscilla on her prestigious RNLI award and thank her for all her support she had given to the local fundraising branches over the many years.”

Easter Egg Hunt an outstanding success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Easter Egg Hunt was a great success raising £138.

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank all who attended the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 19 April 2014.

Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, Steve Tollett said “It was an outstanding success, there were over 50 children who entered the event. On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to thank Bookers – Tunbridge Wells, Jempsons and Rye Harbour Stores for donating the eggs and sweets for the event.

The RNLI relies on volunteers to provide its lifesaving service. 92% of the RNLI's total income comes from donations