News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 26/07/2009

Rye Harbour 017 2009


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727, assists the Dutch Yacht 'Sneeuwgans'

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' was tasked by Dover Coastguard at 12.50 pm to go to the assistance of the Dutch yacht 'Sneeuwgans', a 9 metre yacht suffering from rudder problems. Lifeboat B727 arrived at the casualty, 1 mile South East of Rye Harbour entrance at 12.55 pm, and proceeded to escort the casualty to Harbour. At 1.26 pm the casualty was put along side the jetty at Rye Harbour.

The yacht 'Sneeuwgans' set sail from Kwintsheul, Holland, on passage to Rye Harbour. The yacht tried to enter the harbour too early and hit the sand bar in the mouth of the river. The skipper of the yacht decided to return to deeper water to assess the damage to the yacht. The yacht's steering, whilst damaged was not totally useless. Rye Harbour Lifeboat was all geared to undertake an emergency tow should things go wrong when the yacht 'Sneeuwgans' entered the harbour on the flood tide.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on-call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The RNLI which provides nine out of ten sea rescue launches, continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income. If the tables were turned, the Dutch Lifeboat service would come to the aid of a UK registered yacht..’

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