New lifeboat service officially ready for action

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The Jersey Lifeboat Association is now be able to attend incidents at sea, when required.

The boat and current crew have both passed the necessary tests, which allow the team to perform the service.

The group was set up following a dispute between the RNLI and the St Helier Crew.

After months of hard work and thousands of hours spent by the crew and fundraisers the Jersey Lifeboat Association is proud to say we are officially declared. Thank you to all of our families, supporters and nationwide independent lifeboat crews for their words of advice and help to get us to where we are today. To those who have given donations and words of encouragement we thank you and we hope to make you proud of a local lifeboat service for Jersey to call it’s own. Fair winds and safe boating season to all.

– Jersey Lifeboat Association

The boat, the Sir Max Aitken III has undergone a detailed survey by an independent certifying authority and the JLA team have met national standard required by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Rescue Boat Code.

Reaching this standard has involved a significant amount of work for the JLA, Ports of Jersey and Jersey Coastguard and I would like to thank everyone involved for the time and resources which they have committed to this project. The Harbour Master and Jersey Coastguard look forward to working with the JLA and our other SAR Partners to ensure that we all provide a successful, compliant and comprehensive service for the island, reinforcing the work the SAR community has done recently to improve interoperability and have better understanding and mutual respect for each other’s operations. Now the JLA is declared it will be available for tasking to incidents at sea as and when required. The Jersey Coastguard will consider all incident factors on an individual basis when calling upon the most suitable asset to respond.

– Jersey’s Harbour Master Bill Sadler

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