Urgent airlift to France for lone Skipper of RIB
Alderney Coastguard received an unclear VHF message at 09.00 this morning from a RIB, located 9.5 miles north-east of the island. Alderney liaised with both Guernsey and Jersey Coastguards to ascertain whether they had received the transmission. Jersey confirmed that the lone skipper had reported
The Alderney RNLI all weather Lifeboat, Roy Barker I was launched at 09.21 along with the Channel Islands Air Search and a French Rescue Helicopter.
Deputy Second Coxswain, Mark Gaudion said “ The casualty was winched from the RIB by the Helicopter just minutes before we arrived on scene and was transferred to Cherbourg for medical treatment. Two crew members were transferred across to the RIB and returned it to Braye Harbour along with the Lifeboat”
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, in a normal year, 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.