News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 17 May 2015

Rye Harbour 20150517

Rye Harbour relief RNLI Lifeboat B-875 search for dinghy in need of assistance

Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched on service today (17/5/15) at 11:50am at the request of Dover Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a 15ft dinghy thought to be in trouble off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  A report had been received form a member of the public stating that a boat with two people on board was in difficulty off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

The crew of Relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander arrived on scene at 11:55am but no casualty was located.  A search from the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House back to Rye Harbour was initiated.  The only boat fitting a similar description was spotted half a mile from Rye Harbour entrance.  The crew of the boat confirmed that they had been in the vicinity of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House but were not in any difficulty.

Dover Coastguard were informed and Relief Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was stood down at that time.  When the volunteer crew arrived back at station at 12:15pm they found another boat fitting the description tied up on the public slipway at Rye Harbour.  A chat with the occupants revealed that they had been fishing off the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.  The Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew felt that this was the boat that had been seen off the shore at Winchelsea Beach.

Tony Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station said: “whilst this was a false alarm, it is better to be safe than sorry.  If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard”.

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