Lifeboat crew helps stranded boat

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Hello Herbie towing the stricken vessel

Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat rushed to the aid of a nine-metre sailing vessel with engine failure at 2.08pm on Sunday June 23.

Hello Herbie II sets off with Tim Dickenson at the helm

Newly qualified helm, Tim Dickinson, headed up the crew as the boat set off down the River Rother to open water at Pett Level where the vessel was anchored. On board were a man, a woman and a dog. They had found themselves in trouble when the engine failed and had radioed to the Coastguard for assistance

Matt Ellis, designate Helm, reported: “It was good to see that those on board were armed with lifejackets and a radio and had gone through the right channels to seek assistance. We towed for the vessel for 30 minutes back to the harbour. Tim’s boat-handling skills were impressive as he moored the vessel safely in its berth at Rye.”

Returning to harbour with vessel in tow

Paul Bolton, Launching Authority at Rye Harbour, said: “I was proud to see how crew members handled themselves with such professionalism. All the hours of training certainly paid off as the whole rescue was swift and seamless and had a positive outcome.”

The boat returned to the station and was ready for service by 5pm.

Image Credits: Kt Bruce .

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