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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 23 May 2015

Rye Harbour 20150523

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat volunteers assist the crew of sinking speedboat

Rye Harbour RNLI relief lifeboat B-875 Alexander launched at 5.27pm yesterday (11 July) to the assistance of a speedboat taking on water and suffering engine failure at Rye Harbour entrance. The Deputy Harbour Master at Rye Harbour raised the alarm.

The Volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty at 5.32pm, where they assessed the situation. It was decided that the boat be taken in tow and that one of the occupants be taken into the lifeboat.

The speedboat was returned to the public slipway at Rye Harbour at 5.54pm. Lifeboat B-875 Alexander was recovered and after being washed down was made ready for service at 6.30pm

Tony Edwards, acting Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station said: "the RNLI Respect the Water campaign was launched on Thursday 9 July. British waters are dangerously unpredictable. To find out more about the campaign visit RNLI.org/respectthewater".

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