Broken-down 44-foot yacht rescued in Rye Bay

RNLI crews
RNLI crews

Two people were rescued along with their 44-foot yacht when it broke down in Rye Bay on Saturday (September 24).

Rye Harbour Lifeboat launched at 4.36pm following a request from the coastguard to assist the Moody yacht named ‘Border Collie’ due to engine failure, which was lying a mile and a half east of the harbour entrance.

The 44-foot yacht named Border Collie moored in Rye Harbour after being assisted by the RNLI SUS-160929-091211001

The 44-foot yacht named Border Collie moored in Rye Harbour after being assisted by the RNLI SUS-160929-091211001

The yacht was boarded and a line attached before being towed to the safety of Rye Harbour.

The owners, David Hartley and his wife Roz Osberg, said: “We are forever grateful to the RNLI as this is the second time they have been to our rescue since we bought the yacht.”

The couple from Tunbridge Wells had recently bought the yacht and were sailing from Eastbourne to Rye when they suffered the breakdown.

As the stricken yacht was being moored to the jetty outside the lifeboat station, the crew received another request to search for a kite surfer off Camber Sands, as a kite and board had been washed ashore without any trace of the owner.

Fortunately, the man was found safe and well on the beach.

David and Roz pledged support for the Rye Harbour Lifeboat appeal in thanks for the rescue.

The lifeboat station is trying to raise funds to buy a new Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat at a cost of £215,000, and is still some £50,000 short of this target.

For more information, call the lifeboat station on 01797 223693 or visit www.ryeharbourlifeboat.co.uk.

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