RNLI Jersey is a highly trained team of volunteers operating from two lifeboat stations (St Helier and St Catherine's) in Jersey, Channel Islands. During the summer months we are supported by our paid lifeguards who patrol Jersey's western beaches.
We are part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution which operates across the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland and which is made up primarily of volunteers united by selflessness, skill and courage.
Lifesaving service in Jersey
- The RNLI has been serving the island continuously for 134 years at no expense to the States or people of Jersey.
- The inshore lifeboat (Atlantic 85) was back on full service from 4 December 2017 at St Helier, crewed by Jersey volunteers and Fire and Rescue personnel.
- The Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, George Sullivan, returned to St Helier RNLI lifeboat station on 5 December 2017 having been taken to Poole for servicing 2 weeks previously. It was back on service from the 17 December for periods of bad weather with a combined RNLI staff and Jersey volunteer crew.
- The St Catherine inshore lifeboat has remained on service uninterrupted and is crewed and managed by Jersey volunteers.
In 2018, the RNLI St Helier & St Catherine Lifeboats launched on service with Volunteer crews 84 times.
- St Helier lifeboat launched 59 times in 2018 - 20 x inshore lifeboat, 39 x all-weather lifeboat (statement as at 28th November 2018).
- St Catherine lifeboat launched 25 times in 2018 (statement as at 28th November 2018).
- A joint management group (including long-serving volunteers from St Helier and St Catherine lifeboat stations) has been established.
- The RNLI is committed to working closely with the Jersey Coastguard, Fire and Rescue Service and other search and rescue services.
- There are over 130 active RNLI volunteers in Jersey, including crew, fundraisers and the local management team.
- The current RNLI volunteer Jersey crew is made up of new and existing volunteers as well as some who have returned to the RNLI from the former St Helier crew.
- 92 people came to the volunteering open day at St Helier lifeboat station at the end of 2017; 40 of those applied to join the RNLI.