Jersey falls silent to remember lives lost in recent disasters

Jersey fell silent at 11am on Monday 12 December to remember those who died or are missing.

People in Jersey have fallen silent to reflect on the recent loss of life after the St Helier explosion and fishing boat crash.

The island’s Bailiff requested an island-wide silence to take place at 11am so people could come together to reflect.

Police officers lined the street outside their St Helier station alongside members of the public and bowed their heads during the silence.

Shoppers stood still and silent in the market as they reflected on the tragic incidents. Credit: ITV Channel

It comes after a boat sank after colliding with a freight ship on Thursday (8 December) leaving three fishermen still missing, followed by an explosion which destroyed a block of flats on Saturday (10 December) leaving five dead and many still unaccounted for.

As a sign of respect, Jersey's Bailiff Sir Timothy Le Cocq has also asked that flags be flown at half-mast from 8am on Monday 12 December until sunset on Friday 23 December.

From Monday (12 December), islanders can lay flowers and tributes on the steps of the Ordnance Yard to the side of the Jersey Museum.

People can also sign books of condolence at Parish and Public Halls across the island.

Following the destruction of flats in the explosion, islanders have rallied around to offer support to those who have been affected.

People in Jersey were invited to lay candles at the Town Hall to pay tribute to those that have been affected by the tragedy.

Local businesses are also providing food, clothes and shoes to those displaced by the explosion.

Some groups gathered yesterday (11 December) to hold their own minute's silence.

Jersey Bulls were joined by Horley before their match on Sunday to remember those who have died over the past five days.

As senior citizens gathered for their Christmas lunch on Sunday, a minute's silence was also held in respect of those who were affected by the island's tragedies.

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