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Third call-out for new lifeboat

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JERSEY’S independent lifeboat crew responded to its third call-out since becoming operational earlier this year – rescuing a yacht that had become entangled in fishing gear.

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The Jersey Lifeboat Association crew were requested to assist the vessel, which had two people on board, at 7.11pm on Sunday.

The 9.6-metre UK-registered yacht, which had travelled from Binic in Britany, got into trouble about half a mile south of the Hinguette Buoy, which is south of Elizabeth Castle. The vessel was towed back to St Helier.

The JLA, which was formed after local volunteers fell-out with the RNLI, had its first call-out at the beginning of May.

Their boat, the Max Aitken III, was sent out at about 3.45pm on Sunday 5 May to help a ten-metre French yacht which had suffered engine problems about one mile south of Corbière. There were four people on board and the vessel was towed back to St Helier.

On another occasions the JLA were called out but later stood down after another vessel was able to provide assistance.

Meanwhile, Coxswain Andy Hibbs said the crew were due to speak to ‘four manufacturers’ to get quotes to buy a RIB that could be used as an inshore vessel.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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