News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 25 March 2010

Rye Harbour 006 2010


Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat diverted from exercise: suicide note found at the beach

Whilst on exercise, Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' was tasked at 8.25pm by Dover Coastguards to assist the police search for a 49 year old female who had gone missing at 1pm.  A suicide note along with a bottle of wine and tablets were found at Nook Beach, Rye Harbour (which is in the vicinity Rye Harbour Farm, Rye Harbour).

RNLI Lifeboat B727 launched on exercise at 7pm for the helmsman and crew to gain experience of slow speed manoeuvres, which is carried out on the River Rother opposite the lifeboat station at Rye Harbour.  When they were tasked by Dover Coastguard, Rye Bay Mobile Coastguard company were also tasked to assist with the search of the shoreline.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B727 returned to station at 9.40pm after being stood down by Dover Coastguard.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘This is one of the reasons why the crew train on a regular basis during daylight and the hours of darkness.  We never know when our services are going to be needed.  The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a registered charity that saves lives at sea.  It provides, on call, a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.’

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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