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


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.