Sunday, 12 July 2015

RNLI Volunteers go to the assistance of sinking speedboat

Courtesy RNLI RyeHarbour/Andrew Tollett
Rye Harbour RNLI relief lifeboat B-857 Alexander launched on service at 5.27pm yesterday (11 July) to go to the assistance of a speedboat suffering from engine failure and taking on water at the entrance to Rye Harbour after the alarm was raised by the Deputy Harbour Master at Rye Harbour.

The Volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty at 5.32pm, where they assessed the situation.  It was decided that the boat be taken in tow and that one of the occupants be taken into the lifeboat.

The speedboat was returned to the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 5.54pm.  Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was recovered and after being washed down was made ready for service at 6.30pm.

Tony Edwards, acting Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station said: “the RNLI Respect the Water campaign was launched on Thursday 9 July.  British waters are dangerously unpredictable.  To find out more about the campaign visit

Respect the water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.  Over 160 people die each year at the UK coast with a further 60 in the Republic of Ireland – around half didn’t even set out to enter the water.

This year, the RNLI’s messages focus on three main risks that catch people out:Cold water shock can steal the air for your lungs and leave you helpless.The water can be unpredictable, with waves, tides and hidden currents that can drag you out to sea in seconds Around half the people who drown never expected to get wet – many get caught out by unexpected slips, trips and falls into the water.

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