News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 16 June 2010

Rye Harbour 011 2010


Station Open Day a great success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station held their Annual Station Open Day on Saturday 12 June 2010 which was a great success; raising over £634. Rye Harbour Lifeboat B727 Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells and the launching tractor was on display. Throughout the day several rescue demonstrations were carried out on the River Rother, in front of the Lifeboat Station. Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat attended the event and saw several visitors having a tour of their All Weather Lifeboat.

During the day, Cinque Port Morris Men danced several dances even dancing with Stormy Stan the RNLI Storm Force mascot and there was music performed by the local group Black Briar. The RNLI Sea Safety Officer attended with his Sea Safety stand, where members of the public and the sea going fraternity could get free information and have their lifejackets checked. There was a raffle, tombola, book stall, food and refreshment and also the souvenir shop.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘It was a really good day. There was a steady flow of people visiting the event throughout the day. This year was a great success and it was made even better by the attendance of the Cinque Port Morris Men, Black Briar, the Sea Safety Officer and Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat and her crew. During 2009 RNLI Lifeboats launched 9223 times rescuing 8235 people.’

Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: ‘I would like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men and Black Briar for providing free entertainment at this years event. I would also like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men for the generous donation of £50. It is donation like this that enable the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, to continue training their volunteer crews - enabling them to continue to save lives at sea. During 2009, it cost £147.7M to run the RNLI.’

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