Sea search after emergency beacon triggered
THE St Helier all-weather lifeboat and Channel Islands Air Search rescue plane were called out on Wednesday morning after an emergency beacon was triggered between Jersey’s north coast and Sark.
The French Coastguard raised the alarm with the Jersey Coastguard after it received a transmission from an emergency position-indicating radio beacon at about 6 am.
The aircraft searched 90 sq miles but neither it nor the lifeboat found anything. The vessel was stood down at about 7.35 am and the aircraft returned to its Guernsey base at about 8 am.
Jason Hobbs, search director at CIAS, said conditions were rough, with gusts up to 43Kts.
‘The visibility was good and communications with Jersey were fantastic. Had a vessel been in difficultly we would have seen debris on the surface but with no further instructions from the search co-ordinator, the aircraft returned to Guernsey,' he added.