News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 30 May 2010

Rye Harbour 009 2010


Yachts' outboard engine - over the side

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B727 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' launched on service at 8.20pm on Thursday 27 May to the British Yacht 'Ka Tet' who had run in to difficulties south of Rye Harbour entrance, when her outboard engine jumped off the transom falling into the sea.

Dover Coastguard requested the launch of lifeboat B727, who arrived on scene ten minutes later.  The sailors had recovered the outboard engine, which was attached to the boat with a safety chain (as it's not uncommon for outboard engines to jump off the transom) but were disabled as the engine was waterlogged.

The yacht 'Ka Tet' was taken in tow and brought into harbour, where she was moored on a visitors berth.  Lifeboat B727 returned to station at 9.30pm and was ready for service at 10pm.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘Being an RNLI volunteer, you never know when you are going to be needed.  The crew had been training earlier in the evening, little did they know that they would be putting their training into practice an hour later.’

'2009 was the busiest year ever for the RNLI but the percentage of our lifeboat crews with professional maritime experience is decreasing.  The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations not HM Government.'

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