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Jersey Lifeboat Association back in action

Jersey Lifeboat Association back in action

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Jersey Lifeboat Association back in action

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Jersey Lifeboat Association is back in action, more than a year after their search and rescue activities were suspended following a lifeboat's collision with rocks.

Ports of Jersey confirmed yesterday that it had reinstated the service's licence to operate.

The JLA's search and rescue activities were frozen by Ports of Jersey in December 2021 after one of its lifeboats – Sir Max Aitken III – hit rocks near Noirmont Point a month earlier while the crew was en-route to help a French yacht.

The charity has since engaged in a redeclaration process with Ports, following an audit by Jersey Coastguard observed by senior members of the UK's national maritime emergency service.

Video: The Max Aitken III's hull was damaged when it struck rocks while on duty in November 2021. That incident led to the suspension of the JLA's licence to operate, which has now been reinstated.

Jersey's harbourmaster, William Sadler, said: "I would like to thank the JLA crew for their engagement and openness during the redeclaration process. Their dedication for safety at sea was clearly evident.

"Jersey Coastguard looks forward to engaging with the JLA crew and JLA council through regular operational meetings and as part of wider engagement with the entire SAR community."

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