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Date: 08July 2013

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Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat kept busy by heat wave madness at Camber Sands

The Volunteer lifeboat crew at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station were kept busy as the heat wave hit Rye Bay. Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 ‘Hello Herbie’ launched on exercise at 10.40am and was immediately tasked by Dover Coastguard to help search for a missing 10 year old child on Camber Sands, they were later found safe on shore.

RNLI Lifeboat B-842 was then asked to go to the assistance of two inflatables blowing to sea, when the lifeboat arrived at the casualties the crew found two adults aboard, they were returned to shore.

At 11.32am the crew of ‘Hello Herbie’ were requested to assist in another search for a missing child, they were found safe on shore.  Four minutes later Lifeboat B-842 was tasked to two inflatables between half and three quarters of a mile off of Broom Hill.  When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the inflatables turned out to be kayaks; they were escorted back to shore.

At 1.08pm the lifeboat was tasked to help search for two missing females, one aged 8 and the other aged 6 they were found safe on shore.  A new station record was reached at 2.25pm when Lifeboat B-842 was tasked to look for a missing 2 year old.  The child was located shortly after, safe on shore.

Andrew Tollett, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said "the regular training was put into practice.  The biggest problem faced by the volunteer lifeboat crew was the heat, with it being one of the hottest days of the year so far.  The weather conditions were prime for a busy day with the slight breeze blowing off the land.

Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 was stood down at 5.45pm.  Due to the state of the tide being low water, it was necessary for the lifeboat and her crew to be recovered from the shore at Rye Harbour.  They arrived back at the lifeboat station at 7.30pm, when the cleaning down started.

During the course of the day, there were 2 changes of crew and 17 incidents attended.  This resulted in Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' and the three crews searching for: 9 Missing Children and over 10 inflatables.

At 12.30pm there were over 25,000 people on Camber Sands with more people arriving.  At 7.25pm there were still 8 to 10,000 people still enjoying the summer weather .

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