3 call outs in one day!
Just before 09.30am, the St Catherine’s inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist with a medical evacuation from Bonne Nuit after a workman had fallen down the cliff below the Cheval Blanc Residential Home.
The casualty had sustained multiple injuries and RNLI crew worked with Fire & Rescue crew and a paramedic to stabilise the casualty. The casualty was then transferred to the Fire & Rescue inshore craft to be transported to the ambulance waiting at Bonne Nuit Harbour.
At 11.20am, the St Helier all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a fishing boat which had suffered gearbox failure north of the Minquiers. The boat had been able to anchor and so was not in imminent danger but was taken in tow by the lifeboat back to St Helier where the lifeboat was readied for her next service.
That next service came at 3.30pm, when the St Helier all-weather lifeboat was again tasked, this time to a 40 foot sailing vessel which had fouled on fishing gear near the Banc des Ormes to the north west of Gronez. The lifeboat helped the sailing boat’s crew cut free the fouled fishing gear and the casualty vessel was then able to make way. However, the casualty’s steering continued to be affected and so the lifeboat started to escort it back to St Helier. During the transit back to St Helier, the remaining fishing gear came away and full steering capability was restored. At that point, the St Helier all-weather lifeboat was able to leave the casualty vessel and return to station, where the boat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for her next service.
Finally, the St Helier inshore lifeboat launched during the evening for a routine navigation exercise.