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Unusual Christmas rescue for RNLI Jersey

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Jersey had an unusual rescue recently when a call for help came in from someone claiming to have fallen out of his sleigh!

Jersey Coastguard received a strange call from a man dressed in red who reported he was stranded on a sandbank near Les Minquiers. He had fallen out of his sleigh during a routine test flight. Both RNLI St Helier Lifeboats were launched to assist the intriguing gentleman who was recovered safe and well.

We would like to give huge thanks to the following people who helped us to put this together:
Jersey Seafaris - @jerseyseafaris
The Studio_M - @mattporteousphotos
Bam Perspectives - @BamPerspectivesJersey

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Note to editors:

  • Photo/Video credit - The Studio_M / Bam Perspectives / Jersey Seafaris

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us:

Helier de Veulle, Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Jersey on 07797 847926

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The Studio_M / Bam Perspectives / Jersey Seafaris

Santa stranded on a sandbank near Les Minquiers

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