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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 21 April 2015

Rye Harbour 20150421

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat volunteers assist couple in flooding car

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 “Hello Herbie” launched on service at 1:30pm today to go to the assistance of a car stuck in the mud at the side of the River Rother. The situation was compounded by the incoming tide surrounding and flooding the car.

Two members of the crew were sent along to the vehicle to assess the situation and reassure the two occupants. An ambulance was called by the Coastguard as the passengers of the vehicle were extremely distressed and shaken.

It was decided that RNLI Lifeboat B-842 'Hello Herbie' be pushed along to the vehicle in the launching carriage as there was insufficient water for the lifeboat to get to the vehicle. The two occupants were recovered into the lifeboat with a use of a ladder, at this point the passenger became less distressed and the ambulance was cancelled .

The casualties were safely put ashore on the jetty at the public slipway where they were escorted to the crew room and given a hot drink and a rest while their car was recovered and washed down by the crew.

Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: “We train Sunday morning and Monday evening for any eventuality. You never know what you are going to be called out to. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of a dynamic team doing extraordinary things, then come and see us on a Sunday morning between 10am and midday or Monday evening between 6:30pm and 7:30pm”

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