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.