News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 24/06/2009

Rye Harbour 010 2009


Boat breaks down on maiden voyage

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service on Tuesday 23 June 2009 at 1.30 pm to go to the aid of a small angling boat with one occupant, suffering engine failure one mile south of Winchelsea Beach. The alarm was raised by the owner of the boat, who contacted Hendrik Ruysch, a launcher at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station and the owner of Rye Harbour Marine.

RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived a the casualty at 1.36 pm. A member of the Crew from Rye Harbour Lifeboat transferred to the casualty and the boat was taken in tow. At 1.40 pm the lifeboat and casualty preceded back to harbour. The casualty was placed on the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 2 pm and the Lifeboat returned to station, after being washed down and refuelled, RNLI Lifeboat B727 was ready for service at 2.15 pm.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘This was a strait forward, text book tow, this is due to the crew spending many hours training for such an incident. In this case the owner had checked the engine before putting to sea and had a VHF radio, but was unfortunate when the engine wouldn't restart to come back to harbour.’

‘20 fishermen perish annually in British waters, that's why the RNLI have developed MOB Guardian - an automated alert system that can help take the Search our of Search and Rescue.’

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Steve Tollett, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on or Tim Ash, Deputy Media Relations Manager South East and London on 07785 296252 or or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

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