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’