Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

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About Us

We are an independent inshore rescue boat facility. We work in close co-operation with HM Coastguard, Search and Rescue Helicopter teams at Lydd, and the RNLI.

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Our Facilities

We operate from a custom built boat house in Pett Level, which is home to our office and two RIB rescue boats.

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Our Team

All our team are volunteers who give their time to help: from boat crew, shore crew and maintenance, to fund-raising, administration and the team who run the charity.

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Charity Fundraising

We are a registered, independent rescue charity (number 286891). All our operations rely on donations from the public and various organisations who support our work.

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Pett Beach

This is a beautiful part of the UK’s coastline.

But the sea, and the beach, can be dangerous if you are unprepared.

Please be aware of the local tide times …



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Event Calendar

We’re involved in plenty of local events

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Thank you

As an independent rescue charity, every donation makes a difference.

A dedicated page for thanking some of our donors and sponsors is coming soon.

PLIRB Boathouse and the New Normal

As restrictions start to ease, here's a quick update on our return to the 'new normal' at the boathouse.     Although our volunteers have been #rescueready 24/7 throughout the pandemic, our presence at the boathouse has been minimal. This has helped us to keep...

PLIRB 2022 Calendar Photo Competition Fundraiser

Remember we promised that the next Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat calendar would be a little different? Well, here’s the plan … instead of us taking our own photos for our 2022 fundraiser calendar, we’d love to invite our friends, supporters and everyone across...

Our 2021 Charity Raffle is Afloat – Thanks to Homewood Leisure

 With the pandemic continuing to keep our fundraising closed down, our volunteers are working hard to keep our self-funded charity afloat. And it's fair to say that at times like this, help from the community and local businesses to meet our £10k a year running costs...

Support Our Charity with a Movement for Good Nomination?

Lockdown or not, we're moving to that time of year again! It's no secret that this year has been a real struggle for everyone and, as a self-funded charity, we're definitely facing a challenge when it comes to staying afloat. But if our friends and supporters don't...

50p to Park Can Support A Charity, Thanks to Elm Tree Bootsale

Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat is pleased to say a heart-felt huge thank you to Kit and Jan McLean, of  Elm Tree Bootsale for their extremely welcome donation of £1,000 to our charity. In this awful year, it's been hard for us to fund raise in the...

Got a Pawfect Pet? Join Our Charity Photo Competition

With the pandemic closing down our community fundraising, and the ring-fence around the government's support for charities being a complete barrier to us, it's fair to say things are a bit hard going. However, we've had some brilliant help from our friends and we've...

Sean Cycles 54 Miles to Support Our Charity

We're very pleased to share that friend of the PLIRB, Sean O'Sullivan has successfully completed his solo 54-mile charity bike ride to support our charity. As we previously shared, Sean of SOS Entertainment, originally planned to cycle on behalf of our charity in the...

Annual General Meeting – Latest Update

Our charity's AGM, which had to be postponed in April, is rescheduled to Sunday 27th September at 10:00 am at our boathouse.   The aim has been to hold this in a socially distanced way outside, weather permitting. We are not expecting large numbers, so we still...

MP Shares Concern Over Our Charity’s Challenges

On Sunday 20th September, our volunteers received a visit from Sally-Ann Hart, local Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye. As an independent rescue service which receives no charity support from government, our committee was contacted by Sally-Ann's office after...

Sean’s Bike Ride for PLIRB Charity – New Date

Just a quick update on Sean's progress in his charity bike ride plans, to raise money for us. There are two lots of latest news to share on this ... one is a change of date, the other is a little share of how Sean's putting some extra fun into the FUNdraising part!...

Our Community Charity in National Newspaper Documentary

Earlier in the summer, just after lockdown restrictions started to lift, our community charity received contact from The Times / Sunday Times. The newspaper group wanted to talk about our rescue role in the context of the plight of vulnerable persons at sea. This is...

PLIRB is Now Static Trader’s Chosen Charity

As our supporters know, the pandemic has had a serious impact on our ability to fundraise to meet our running costs. But we have some exciting news! Rye Harbour-based company, Static Trader has chosen us as their charity to support for the next 12 months. What's more,...

Community Project – Fairlight Cove Clean Up

The 'new normal' is a continued adjustment period, but thankfully restrictions are lifted enough for community project work to carry on. So we're happy to share that on Sunday 6th September we'll be supporting a community project close to our hearts and our boathouse...

Charity Fundraising Events – Ocean Ceramics Garden Party Update

It's been a busy bank holiday weekend at the boathouse, and also for local ceramic artist and friend of PLIRB, Marian Mason. After many months with all charity fundraising events cancelled, on Sunday 30th August, Marian was able to successfully social-distance her Mad...

Community Support – Ocean Ceramics, Winchelsea Beach

It's been a very bad year for everyone, but as things are now returning to the 'new normal' we're very pleased to share that there's a bit of good news on the fundraising front. Friend of the PLIRB, Marian Mason at Ocean Ceramics is opening up her garden for one of...

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As an independent rescue charity, we rely entirely on fundraising and donations.

You can help by becoming a member or making a donation using our donate button.

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Thank you so much!