Statement in relation to St Helier lifeboat station
This is an incredibly complex situation and the decision to stand down a volunteer at St Helier lifeboat station has not been made lightly.
We have worked closely with the volunteer for some time but have been unable to resolve a serious breakdown in the relationship between the individual and the charity.
There have also been serious breaches of the RNLI’s Volunteer Code of Conduct. Unfortunately this impacted on the RNLI’s ability to effectively deliver a safe and effective rescue service from St Helier.
Other volunteers have chosen to step down, which has forced the RNLI to declare the St Helier lifeboats off service temporarily.
We are working hard to bring in extra support and put the St Helier all-weather lifeboat back on service in the next couple of days.
In the meantime, we are working with our colleagues across the emergency services to provide an effective maritime rescue service.
Out of respect to all those involved in this confidential process we cannot go into more detail
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.