Rye's new Lifeboat
RNLI Rye Harbour
Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s new lifeboat 'Hello Herbie II' was officially named on Saturday (23 September) by Mr Nigel Carter, who poured champagne over her bow before the new Atlantic 85 was launched and showed off her paces.
Graeme Richardson, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, (ALM) gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Sheila Pigott, who together with her late husband Mr John David Pigott made a considerable donation towards the funding of the new lifeboat; and to Mr Carter, whose family donated the original Hello Herbie, also an Atlantic 85, which was seriously damaged and written off two years ago.
The Reverend Canon David Frost led the Service of Dedication in front of a large audience, including the Lord Lieutenant, Mr Peter Field, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Mrs Maureen Chowen.
The Atlantic 85 class RNLI lifeboat was introduced in 2005 and is larger than its predecessor, the Atlantic 75. It is a B class inshore lifeboat, designed to operate in shallow water. There's no wheelhouse, so the crew (usually 3-4) are exposed to the elements at all times. It is one of the fastest lifeboats in the fleet with a top speed of 35 knots and can operate in a force 7 wind in daylight and up to force 6 winds at night.
Jai Gudgion, one of Rye Harbour's volunteer helmsmen, said: ‘Hello Herbie II is perfect for service in the Rye Bay area. She has two onboard computer screens for radar and GPS tracking and a VHF direction finder for helping to pinpoint any casualty. We can now carry four crew and have more survivor space.’
Key facts about the RNLI: The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.
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Rye RNLI new Lifeboat.
From the Oakfest Crew and RNLI Crew Rye Harbour
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