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Lifeboat called out to rescue jet ski near Rye harbour
3:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
A jet ski left hanging by its nose had to be rescued by a lifeboat.
The jet ski had been tied to the wall of the River Rother just inside the Rye harbour mouth so that the owner could go for a swim with friends on Sunday.
But as the tide dropped the jet ski was left hanging, submerging the rear.
Rye Bay Auxiliary Coastguard noticed the owner having problems with the engine and sent Rye Harbour lifeboat Hello Herbie to help.
A spokesperson at the RNLI said: “When we were called the jet ski was hanging on by its nose.
“The men involved were reluctant to give their name and hurried off after loading the jet ski on a trailer.
“It is reported that they had been spoken to by beach control at Camber Sands earlier in the day.”
The RNLI volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK coasts, operating more than 230 lifeboat stations.
Richard Tollett, lifeboat operations manager at Rye Harbour, said: “You never know what the next call will be.
“It is for this reason that the volunteer crew at Rye Harbour train three times a week.”
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 137,000 lives.
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