News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 18/06/2009

Rye Harbour 009 2009


RNLI Chairman visits Rye Harbour Lifeboat station

Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL visited Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on Wednesday afternoon to meet the crew, station personnel and fundraisers to thank them for their considerable voluntary contribution to the RNLI. Lord Boyce's visit to Rye Harbour was concluded with a tour of the station.

During his two day visit to the south east, Lord Boyce also visited Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover, Littlestone-on-Sea and Dungeness RNLI lifeboat stations.

RNLI Chairman Lord Boyce said: ‘It’s great to be back in the south east and meet so many volunteer lifeboat crews’.

‘Volunteers are the backbone of the RNLI and to meet so many is an honour and a privilege. We cannot put a value on the time and dedication they put in – such is the amount – but what we can do is to highly praise them. The RNLI could not operate without them.’

Notes to editors

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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