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Two people rescued after setting off on a boat they knew was leaking

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TWO people were rescued by a St Helier lifeboat crew – after taking to the water on a boat they knew was leaking.

Picture: RNLI (25799312)

The pair set off without any safety equipment and knowing that the rear of their speedboat was cracked, but hoped that the bilge pump would keep them afloat.

Their engine later broke down, cutting the power supply to the pump, and they had no option but to call for help using a mobile phone.

They were met by the St Helier inshore lifeboat near Corbière and towed back to the Harbour.

The incident marked the start of a busy Sunday for island's lifeboat crews.

During the afternoon, the St Catherine inshore lifeboat and firefighters were called out to investigate reports of a car at the bottom of the cliffs near Grosnez. They established that the vehicle had been there for some time.

Later in the evening the St Catherine crew helped two swimmers who were stranded on rocks near La Coupe Point. The pair – a mother-and-daughter – were cold and one of them had a medical condition which required medical attention, according to the RNLI.

They were both brought onto the boat and transferred to shore.

Meanwhile, the Jersey Lifeboat Association was called out to tow in a 42ft motorboat which was in difficulty at the Minquiers reef.

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