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St Ouen's Bay rescue: Stricken surfers follow light from fire engine to get back to shore

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TWO surfers followed a light from a fire engine to get back to dry land after being caught out in rough seas in St Ouen's Bay on Thursday.

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A major search operation involving the Fire and Rescue Service and St Helier and St Catherine lifeboats was launched at about 7.30 pm following reports that the pair were in difficulty in the sea near Kempt Tower.

The Western Station fire crew used a large stem light at the rear of their fire engine to light up the sea and then started a systematic search of the area.

The crews tried to locate the surfers in the dark using thermal imaging cameras which are normally used in firefighting, and the service's inshore rescue boat was prepared for launch.

After trying to get back to shore for half an hour, the pair managed to get onto the slip near Jersey Pearl by following the light on the fire engine.

The Fire and Rescue Service said that due to the big spring tide and heavy swell the conditions were 'particularly treacherous'.

They added: 'The surfers were lucky this time and all water users should be aware of the risks of entering the sea in failing light.'

Richard Heath

By Richard Heath
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