On Wednesday, May 17, at 11:59 am, the Rye Harbour Lifeboat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) swiftly responded to a distress call from HM Coastguard. Their Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 12:05 pm to aid a fishing boat in trouble on the River Rother, having lost its rudder and propulsion.
Luke Bishop, the helm of the lifeboat, confirmed that upon reaching the scene, their primary concern was the safety of the three individuals on board the fishing boat. Fortunately, there were no injuries, and the RNLI crew promptly established a tow alongside the distressed vessel. They successfully guided the boat and its crew back to their mooring on the River Brede, ensuring their safe return.
After the rescue operation, the lifeboat returned to the station, where it was thoroughly cleaned, refueled, and made ready for service by 1:00 pm. Luke praised the exceptional teamwork displayed by the entire crew, enabling them to launch and recover the lifeboat swiftly. Witnessing both the crew and the fishing boat safely moored was a gratifying sight for them before they concluded their mission.
Steve Griffin, the Launch Authority, explained the time-sensitive nature of the operation, as the approaching low tide would soon render the river unnavigable. Thanks to the speedy launch and the team’s professional execution, they managed to retrieve the boat and its passengers within the limited timeframe.