News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 21/08/2009

Rye Harbour 019 2009


Busy day for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat - Seven missing persons

Rye Harbour relief RNLI Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched on 19/08/09 at 3.40 pm after being requested by Dover Coastguard to assist with a search for seven missing children at Camber sands. Lifeboat B762 was on scene at 3.45 pm and a thorough search of the area conducted.

Because of the number of people on the beach at Camber, two additional crew members were put ashore by the Lifeboat to help search for the Children on the beach. Throughout the afternoon reports of children being found by persons ashore, were being received and at 5.20 pm Dover Coastguard reported that all seven missing children had been found.

Before departing from the scene, Lifeboat B762 was tasked to carry out one last sweep along the whole length of Camber Sands. This completed the Lifeboat prepared for a low water recovery just west of Rye Harbour entrance. At 6.10 pm Lifeboat B762 reported that they had come across three swimmers, at least half a mile from the shore and all were struggling to make it back ashore. They were recovered into the Lifeboat and landed on Camber Sands. The Lifeboat then returned to the recovery location and was recovered onto it’s carriage at 6.20 pm. The Lifeboat arrived back at station at 7.15 pm and was ready for service at 8 pm.

Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘The RNLI rescues an average of four young people every day. Remember SAFE. SAFE is aimed at helping children remember key sea safety messages: Spot the dangers. Always go with a friend. Find and follow safety signs and flags. Emergency? Stick up your hands and shout or ring 999 or 112. 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