Jersey lifeboats in double assist
Both Jersey lifeboats were called out last night, Tuesday 22nd August 2017, to assist two vessels in difficulty.
The first call came in at 5:30pm when a 9m motorboat with 11 people on board reported steering difficulties near the Les Ecrehous reef, north-east of the Island. The vessel was at anchor and in no immediate danger but clearly unable to return home unassisted.
As the closest station, St. Catherine’s inshore lifeboat was the first on the scene and, after checking the vessel and crew, took the casualty in tow whilst the larger St. Helier all-weather lifeboat provided an escort in case of need. All arrived safely back at Gorey Harbour just before 7:30pm.
The second call came in just after 8:15pm from a 7m motorboat with three people on board that had suffered engine trouble near the North-East Minquiers buoy. Once again, the vessel was not in any immediate danger but unable to make way. With no other vessels in the vicinity, the St. Helier all-weather lifeboat launched and towed the casualty back to St. Helier, where both arrived safely just after 10:30pm.
Jonathan Lee, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07829 865500
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