A busy day for RNLI Jersey
RNLI Jersey assisted in four incidents on Wednesday, three of which happened as part of the same launch.
Just after 2pm the all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist with a motorboat with 2 passengers which had been swamped near Noirmont. The Pilot boat, Rival, was first on scene and took the boat in tow, escorted back to St Helier by the all-weather lifeboat.
Shortly after 6pm the RNLI Jersey inshore lifeboat crew were paged following a report by a concerned member of the public who had seen 4 paddle boarders in St Aubin’s bay and who thought they were being blown offshore.
As the crew launched, they were informed by Coastguard that there was another incident developing. The Coastguard was concerned for three swimmers to the west of Elizabeth Marina as the sea was becoming challenging for someone in the water. The crew prioritised the swimmers and, as they were tracking towards the group, they identified two other swimmers heading to Elizabeth Castle but not making much way. The crew advised the swimmers to head back to shore and moved on to the next group. They made contact and established that they were comfortable and not in need of assistance.
The crew then headed to the paddle boarders but, by the time they arrived on scene, the paddle boarders had made shore and no further assistance was required.
The crew then headed back to station but decided to check on the first group of swimmers. Those swimmers had made very little progress in getting back to safety and were now getting cold. As a result, the swimmers were brought on board the inshore lifeboat and then returned them to shore.
The inshore lifeboat then returned to the St Helier lifeboat station, where she was refuelled and prepared for her next service.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
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