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Date: 17 July 2013

Rye Harbour 20130717

Rye Harbour Lifeboat B-842 goes to the assistance of swimmer off Camber Sands

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' launched on service at 4.14pm at the request of Dover Coastguard to go to the assistance of a swimmer off Camber sands who was spotted clinging to a ski buoy; and had been for some time.

When the Lifeboat and the volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty he declined to be rescued as he felt he was not in any difficulty and wanted to continue his swim.

The helmsman stayed in the near vicinity of the swimmer to ensure that he was ok. Dover Coastguard was advised of the situation and Lifeboat B-842 was released from the rescue, arriving back at station at 4.40pm.

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: ‘not everyone we go to rescue perceives that they are in danger. In this instance, the volunteer crew put all of their communication skills in to use advising the swimmer that he was about half a mile out to sea and encouraged him to swim back towards shore’.

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