News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 02 March 2010

Rye Harbour 005 2010


Person stuck in the mud at Rye Harbour Entrance

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service last night (Monday, 1 March) at 8pm to a person stuck in mud at Rye Harbour entrance. The alarm was raised by the person stuck in the mud, when they phoned Dover Coastguard on their mobile telephone.

RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene three minutes later at 8.03pm to find that the man had got himself out of the mud and up onto the wall of the River Rother at the Red Light which is at the entrance to Rye Harbour.  The person, who had been shrimping, was persuaded to go with the police to the top of the beech where an ambulance was waiting.

The Firebrigade mud rescue team were mobilised at the request of the Operation Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, but were later stood down when the person was found on the wall of the river.  Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat returned to station at 9.05pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘time was of the essence as the casualty was reported as being stuck in the mud at the entrance to the harbour; and the tide was coming in.  When you go to the seaside, it is important to carry some form of communication device, in this instance it was a mobile phone.  You should also let someone else know where you are going and when you are going to return.’

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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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