St Helier ALB rescues fishing vessel north of Bouley Bay
The St Helier all weather lifeboat George Sullivan was called out just after 07:00 this morning, Thursday 7th January, following a distress call to Jersey Coastguard from a fishing vessel in difficulties.
The 17m fishing vessel with two people on board was a mile north of Bouley Bay, returning from a fishing trip, when she suffered mechanical problems in the poor weather.
Taking an easterly route round the island to take advantage of whatever shelter was available to increase speed, the lifeboat arrived on scene at 08:15 and took the fishing vessel under tow.
With westerly Force 8-10 winds with squalls and rough sea conditions, the conditions and size of the casualty were such that the States of Jersey tug Duke of Normandy was also called out to provide assistance if needed and stood by throughout the return journey.
The tow back to St Helier took some three and a half hours due to the adverse conditions but all vessels arrived safely just before midday.
The lifeboat was back on station by 12:20 where she was made ready for her next call.