News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 25/03/2009

Rye Harbour 002 2009


Body recovered 2 miles off Winchelsea Beach

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727, 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on Saturday 21/03/2009 at approximately 2.45 pm. Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Lifeboat to recover a person floating in the water, who had been found 2 miles off of Winchelsea Beach by a local fishing boat.

The fishing boat stayed with the casualty until Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene 15 minutes later. The casualty was recovered into the lifeboat and returned to station. The casualty was pronounced dead on arrival, by Paramedics who were waiting at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station. The Police and Coroner were in attendance at the time.

Earlier in the day, a joint Police/Coastguard search had taken place after a pile of clothing had been found on the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘This is the less glamorous side of what our volunteer crews do. Whilst it’s not obligatory to go and collect a body, we are very conscious that there will be relatives somewhere who have lost a loved one.’

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Key facts about the RNLI
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