Sunday, 17 May 2015


RNLI relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched on service today at 11:50am at the request of Dover Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a 15ft dinghy thought to be in trouble off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  A report had been received form a member of the public stating that a boat with two people on board was in difficulty off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

The crew arrived on scene at 11:55am but no casualty was located.  A search from the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House back to Rye Harbour was initiated.  The only boat fitting a similar description was spotted half a mile from Rye Harbour entrance.  The crew of the boat confirmed that they had been in the vicinity of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House but were not in any difficulty.

Dover Coastguard were informed and Relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was stood down at that time.  When the volunteer crew arrived back at station at 12:15pm they found another boat fitting the description tied up on the public slipway at Rye Harbour.  A chat with the occupants revealed that they had been fishing off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  The Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew felt that this was the boat that had been seen off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

“whilst this was a false alarm, it is better to be safe than sorry.  If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard”

Sunday, 10 May 2015

*** Shout *** Broken Down Angling Boat

RNLI Relief Lifeboat B-875 ‘Alexander’ took a 26ft angling boat in tow at 1.37pm off Fairlight after Dover Coastguard requested Rye Harbour RNLI Volunteer lifeboat crew divert from exercise to go to the assistance of the casualty at 1.26pm.

The angling boat suffered engine failure whilst on return to Port and had been taken under tow by another boat.  The skipper of the boat that had taken the casualty in tow called Dover Coastguard requesting assistance as they didn’t feel they had enough experience to get the casualty into harbour.

The casualty was returned to her moorings at Rye and RNLI Relief Lifeboat B-875 ‘Alexander’ returned to station at 3.40pm

Andrew Tollett, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said, ‘Regular training is essential as you never know what you are going be called to or when’