News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 31/08/2009

Rye Harbour 022/2009


Rye Harbour Lifeboat launches to a capsized dinghy off Camber Sands

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched on service on 27/08/2009 at 5.37 pm after a phone call for the Deputy Harbour Master at Rye Harbour, who advised the Lifeboat Operations Manager that he had received a report of a sailing dinghy capsized at Camber Sands.

Lifeboat B762 was in the search area three minutes later. It was noticed by the Helmsman of the Lifeboat that two persons were on the shore with a small boat. The Lifeboat went in close to shore and one of the crew was put ashore to check if this was the casualty -the two sailors confirmed they were and reported that all was OK.

The Skipper said that the weather had been too bad for them and after capsizing they had managed to get themselves ashore with the dinghy. It was arranged that the Coastguard mobile would return the survivors to Rye Harbour Sailing club, where they would get a trailer to recover their dinghy.

The Lifeboat returned to station at 6.30 and was refuelled and ready for service at 6.35 pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘over half of the 8,000 RNLI lifeboat launches each year are to leisure craft users - so the RNLI needs this group to become members and regular financial supporters.  With this in mind, the RNLI have launched their Leisure marine fundraising campaign - Serious Fun.  Serious Fun aims to increase committed, financial support for the charity among all watersports enthusiasts, so they can enjoy the water confident in the knowledge that the RNLI is never far away should things go wrong.’

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