Three cheers for Rye’s volunteers


This week is Volunteers’ Week and a chance to celebrate the people in Rye who make a difference to our lives by helping others.

Volunteers are the backbone of the RNLI with roles such as crew, fundraising, shop staff and event and water safety teams. The RNLI would not exist without them. Crew members are on duty 24/7 including Christmas Day and many a shout has resulted in the cancellation of family celebrations. It is not just the volunteers who help, it is their families who all support them and often join in the events.

There is always a need for more people to come forward and offer help at RNLI Rye Harbour so if you want to know more, do pop by the station on a Sunday morning or Monday evening when training takes place.

RNLI Rye Harbour joint training Hastings and Pett

RNLI Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station crew launched early on Sunday June 2 to participate in a training exercise with RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station and Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, prepared for by a training session the previous week at Hastings station to learn more about sea stairs. These inflatable stairs will help our crews recover large numbers of people from the water quickly and could be the difference between life and death.

It was an opportunity to see the stairs used in action and to appreciate how they work in the sea. It is always great to train and collaborate with our local partners, Hastings and Pett.


Image Credits: Martin Geldart .

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