News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 08 June 2010

Rye Harbour 010 2010


Annual Station Open Day at Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station will open the doors to the public on Saturday 12 June 2010 between 10am and 3pm for the Annual Station Open Day.  Visitors will be able to meet members of the crew as well as members of the operations and fundraising teams.  Throughout the day there will be rescue demonstrations on the River Rother in front of the Lifeboat Station (operational requirements permitting). 

This years event will include:

This year, the Sea Safety Officer will attend the event with the Sea Safety road show.  You can come and get advice about your lifejackets and general sea safety; and much more

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for the public to come and meet the volunteers and see what happens at the station.  You will be able to see the Lifeboat and launching tractor.  This will be the last time that Lifeboat B72 'Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells' will be at the Annual Station Open Day as the Station Lifeboat - as we will be getting a new RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat later in June.’

Steve Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Management Group Chairman for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'This annual event is important to Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as it gives our supporters an opportunity to come and see how their voluntary contributions are being used.  The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations and not HM Government, it is these voluntary donation which enable the RNLI - the charity that saves lives at sea; to continue to train and equip their volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards'.

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