News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 27/06/2009

Rye Harbour 013 2009


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to six people cut off by the tide

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched at 5.05 pm, just five minutes after returning to station following two earlier shouts. The lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard to go to the aid of six people (2 adults and 4 children) cut off by the tide under the cliffs at Fairlight.

At 5.23 pm RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene and a member of the Lifeboat Crew was put ashore to assess the situation and the level of assistance required. The adults informed the crew member that they were all safe and well, advising that they knew that the tide was coming in; they told the crew member that they had told the fishermen near by that they were alright.

The member of the crew explained that it was another person who had seen them cut off by the tide and reported it to Dover Coastguard and not the fishermen.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘this is a classic incident of a false alarm with good intent. When at the beach, you should keep an eye on the tide, being careful not to get cut off by the tide when walking along the shore. The sea is unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy.’

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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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