News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 03/05/2009

Rye Harbour 003 2009


RNLI Lifeboat launches to a speed boat drifting half a mile off Fairlight

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched at 5.46 pm to go to the aid of the speed boat 'Tonic', suffering engine failure and drifting half a mile off of the Coastguard lookout station at Fairlight. RNLI lifeboat B727 arrived alongside the casualty at 6.09 pm taking them in tow, RNLI lifeboat B727 arrived back at station with the casualty and the four occupants at 7 pm.

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat launched following a request by Dover Coastguard to go to the aid of the speed boat 'Tonic'. The alarm was raised by the owner, Tony Voller, who telephoned Dover Coastguard requesting help.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station, said: ‘on this occasion everything turned out well, with no-one suffering any adverse effects. If you have an engine in your craft then the RNLI strongly recommend that you know the basics of starting, running and maintaining it. Appropriate spares should be carried on board and fuel should be calculated on approximately 1/3 for the outward trip, 1/3 for the return and 1/3 as spare. More Sea Safety information can be found at’

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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.

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