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Date: 07 January 2013

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RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie on Exercise with Coastguard Helicopter 104

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched on training exercise with Coastguard Helicopter 104 at 10am on Sunday 13 January 2013. The training took place in Rye Bay, where both Lifeboat and Flight crews were put through their paces.

The Crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station were put through their paces along with the crew of Coastguard Helicopter 104 today during the annual training exercise held in Rye Bay.

For some of the crew, this was the first time they have trained with a helicopter, which is a unique experience. In addition to the normal factors that have to be taken into account by the helmsman, the helicopter presents additional ones - such as downdraft and noise.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station said 'Todays exercise gave the crew an opportunity to practice skills that are only used in exceptional circumstances, where Lifeboats and Helicopters carryout joint rescues.

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