Crew members needed

Rye Lifeboat Station open day.'22.06.13.'Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Lifeboat Crew Mark Stevens, Tony Peters, Jason Blaney, Jamie Guinn and Joe Brown ENGSUS00120130623131831
Rye Lifeboat Station open day.'22.06.13.'Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Lifeboat Crew Mark Stevens, Tony Peters, Jason Blaney, Jamie Guinn and Joe Brown ENGSUS00120130623131831

Rye Harbour lifeboat station is looking for new crew members and fundraisers to be part of its life saving team.

People are being invited to attend two recruitment open days on Sunday November 1 and Monday 2.

CH25401g'Dungeness Crew staging a rescue at the Rye Harbour Lifeboat Open Day.'18/6/11'Photo by Claire O'Shaughnessy ENGSNL00120110620092013

CH25401g'Dungeness Crew staging a rescue at the Rye Harbour Lifeboat Open Day.'18/6/11'Photo by Claire O'Shaughnessy ENGSNL00120110620092013

People from all walks of life are needed to help crew the lifeboat and assist with its launch and recovery when it goes on service.

Richard Tollett, Rye Harbour RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, is keen to stress that you don’t need to have sea-going experience to get involved with the RNLI.

He said: “Only 10 per cent of the RNLI’s new recruits come with professional maritime experience. Our lifeboat men and women come from all backgrounds.

‘We are looking for anyone aged 17 years and over who is living or working within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station.

“You need to be willing to volunteer some of your free time to join, which is what I believe to be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services that is out there.”

The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering; people will gain great experience, knowledge and skills.

For those who don’t want to get involved on the lifeboat itself, there are other support and fundraising opportunities with the RNLI in Rye Harbour, including assisting with events, education and selling souvenirs in the shop.

If you are interested in volunteering, come to the lifeboat station on Sunday anytime between 10am and 12pm or Monday between 6pm and 8pm and have a brew with the crew and a chat about what they do,

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