News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 02/01/2009

Rye Harbour 001 2009


First shout for 2009: Hoax call

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched today (02/01/09) at 2.38 pm to a 16ft cabin cruiser with three teenage occupants. Whilst returning to harbour after laying his nets, a local fisherman raised the alarm after seeing the occupants of the cabin cruiser frantically waving both arms above their heads (one of whom was on the cabin roof).

When the RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 arrived alongside the cabin cruiser, the teenage occupants stated they didn't require any assistance. The local fisherman was very apologetic about raising the alarm but stated that he felt that they were in need of assistance due to the three occupants frantically waving their arms.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour, said: ‘It's frustrating that some individuals feel the need to waste valuable time and resources. It currently costs 2,200 to launch an inshore lifeboat. It is volunteer crews and voluntary contributions that make it possible for the RNLI to save lives at sea.

The local fisherman did the correct thing by reporting the incident, as it could have been a genuine need for assistance.’

Notes to editors

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland