RNLI to form new St Helier lifeboat crew
JERSEY'S all-weather lifeboat could return to the Island before the end of the year – and 12 people have already volunteered to form a new crew, the RNLI have said.
The charity hopes to have the inshore lifeboat back in service by mid-December. It is due to start a bespoke training programme for RNLI volunteers and Fire and Rescue Service boat crews who have offered to crew the vessel.
The George Sullivan all-weather lifeboat, which the RNLI took back to Poole last week, is expected to return to the Island for training before the end of the year, the charity has said.
The announcement comes days after the RNLI closed the St Helier station and removed the all-weather boat after the local crew signalled their intention to split from the charity following a long-running dispute.
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In a statement, Will Stephens, the RNLI's head of lifesaving, said: 'We are committed to rebuilding an RNLI lifeboat service in St Helier and we are confident we will have an efficient, reliable and sustainable RNLI lifeboat service in the near future.
'We are making good progress and are aiming to get the St Helier inshore lifeboat back on service by mid-December. 'We are on track to get the Jersey all-weather lifeboat back on the Island for training by the end of the year, if not sooner.
'About a dozen people have already approached us to express an interest in volunteering at the station. We will be talking to these individuals in the next few days as we begin a recruitment process next week for new crew and other station roles.'