News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 27/06/2009

Rye Harbour 012 2009


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to yacht with a broken mast

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 3.19 pm today 27 June) at the request of Dover Coastguard. The lifeboat launched to a 25ft yacht that was suffering with a broken mast, one mile south of Rye Harbour entrance.

RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived alongside the casualty at 3.28 pm; the mast had snapped at deck level and the ropes had wrapped around the propeller. At 3.38 pm Lifeboat B727 had the yacht 'Folk Music' under tow and were making their way back to harbour. RNLI Lifeboat B727 and the casualty entered the harbour at 4.03 pm and were making their way back to the casualties moorings at Rock Channel, Rye. Whilst towing the yacht 'Folk Music' back to her moorings Rye Harbour Lifeboat B727 passed a sailing dinghy that appeared to be having problems; the lifeboat crew checked with the sailors - who said that they were OK. The yacht 'Folk Music' was placed back on her moorings at 4.29 pm.

At 4.34 pm, Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 was tasked to assist the sailing dinghy 'sail number: 1357' which had capsized in the River Rother and the occupants were struggling. At 4.40 pm Lifeboat B727 was alongside the dinghy and had them under tow four minutes later. The sailing dinghy was put on the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 5 pm. It turned out that whilst the dinghy had been knocking against the wall of the river, the outer hull of the twin hulled dinghy had split and water had flooded between the two hulls - causing problems with up-righting the dinghy.

Tony Edwards, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘boating and watersports should be fun but as we all know, even the best prepared can run into unexpected problems. With this in mind, the RNLI has produced a range of safety information designed to help users stay safe. For more information visit’

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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