News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 25/10/2009

Rye Harbour 027 2009


Fishing vessel suffering steering failure and washing to shore

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B762 'Jack & Joyce Burcombe' launched today (sunday 25 October) at 2.40pm to a 25ft fishing vessel 'Jacqueline Ann' a quarter mile east of Jury's Gap look out tower suffering from steering failure. The skipper of the 'Jacqueline Ann' contacted Dover Coastguard requesting assistance as their anchor was dragging and they were drifting towards the shore.

RNLI Lifeboat B762 arrived along side the casualty at 2.55pm and took the casualty in tow. At 3.05pm they were on their way back to harbour. The 'Jacqueline Ann' was put back on her mooring at 4pm and the RNLI Lifeboat B762 arrived back at station 5 minutes later.

Andrew Tollett, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘This was a straight forward, text book tow. This is due to the crew spending many hours training for such an incident. As we all know, even the best prepared can run into unexpected problems. With this in mind, the RNLI has produced a range of safety information designed to help users stay safe. For more information visit .’

‘20 fishermen perish annually in British waters, that's why the RNLI have developed MOB Guardian - an automated alert system that can help take the Search our of Search and Rescue’.

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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.

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