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RNLI Jersey rescue stranded swimmers on 'busy weekend'

While all of the incidents were dealt with safely, RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager said some of the incidents had potential to be much more serious. Credit: ITV Channel TV

RNLI Jersey rescued two stranded swimmers on a 'busy weekend' for the lifeboat service.

Both RNLI lifeboat stations received multiple call-outs over the weekend.

On Thursday 12 September, the team was sent to tow a French motorboat near the Dog’s Nest back to St Helier.

They were called into action again on the morning of Sunday 15 September to help a speedboat which had broken down near Corbiere and was taking on water. The crew of the speedboat knew the boat was damaged and had no safety equipment onboard, with only a mobile phone to raise the alarm.

Later that afternoon, they investigated reports of a car over a cliff at Grosnez. However, working with the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service it was quickly established that the old car had been there for some time.

The same evening, the crew rescued two swimmers who were stranded on rocks at La Coupe Point by the currents and the high tide. Both were very cold and one required medication for a medical condition.

While all of the incidents were dealt with safely, RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager said some of the incidents had the potential to be much more serious.

For the broken down speedboat which was taking on water, whilst conditions were calm, this incident could quickly have escalated. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all boat users to ensure that they have life jackets and a means of calling for help other than just a mobile phone. Mobile phone reception around the Jersey coast, and particularly out to sea, can be tricky, so a VHF radio and distress flares should also be considered.

The two swimmers did also have a mobile phone and were somewhat lucky to have found a signal on the north coast. However, they did the right thing by in staying in place and calling for help, rather than trying to make it back to shore

– Nigel Sweeny, Lifeboat Operations Manager