News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 03/09/2009

Rye Harbour 023/2009


Rye Harbour remembers

The flag at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station fly's at half mast today in remembrance of all those people who have lost their lives at sea whilst trying to save others - 17 of those being remembered will be the entire crew of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat, who perished on 15 November 1928.

A special ceremony is being held at the headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Poole, Dorset today Thursday 3rd September, where HRH The Duke of Kent will officially unveil a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives while trying to save others. The memorial – the first to commemorate all those who have died while helping to save others since the beginning of the RNLI bears the names of 778 people in total, including lifeboat crews from stations still in operation today, stations that have long since closed, and others from related maritime search and rescue organisations.

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