News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 29/06/2009

Rye Harbour 015 2009


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat launches to the angling boat 'Anya' 6.5 miles south east of Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 5.14 pm to the angling boat 'Anya' which had broken down six and a half miles south east of Rye Harbour entrance. At 5.27 pm RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene and eight minutes later, had the angling boat 'Anya' in tow and were heading back to harbour.

The angling boat left harbour earlier in the day for a days angling, when it came to return to harbour they were unable to restart the boat - there was no spark to the engine. The skipper decided to call Dover Coastguard and request assistance.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager for RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘It makes a change to go and rescue a fishing boat this time of year, as we would usually be out returning inflatables to the shore at Camber Sands. The RNLI is an independent charity reliant upon volunteers. Our lifeboat service is funded by voluntary donations not HM Government.’

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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