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St Helier RNLI inshore lifeboat returns to service

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The St Helier RNLI inshore lifeboat will return to service today following a "breakdown in relations" between the crew and the charity.

It will be crewed by existing RNLI volunteers from the island, and Jersey Fire and Rescue personnel.

The RNLI closed the St Helier station and removed the All Weather lifeboat last month, after the crew requested to run an independent lifeboat service on their own.

We know that residents of Jersey want to see a fully restored lifesaving service around their coast. We are grateful to those who have offered their support to help make this happen. The next step will be to welcome the all-weather lifeboat back to the island and we are working hard so this can take place as soon as possible.

– Liam Krige, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager

The David Page, based at St Helier, is a B class lifeboat which is the RNLI’s fastest coastal lifeboat with a top speed of 35 knots.

It is crewed by three or four volunteers and is ideal for rescues close to shore or cliffs, as well as being able to handle fairly challenging open sea conditions.

It can operate in a force seven in daylight, in force six at night and can rescue up to 20 people at a time.

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