St Helier ALB tasked to assist vessel taking on water in Belcroute Bay
At 9:34am today, the St Helier all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was tasked to assist a 27 foot vessel with 2 people on board that was taking on water in Belcroute Bay.
The crew were due to attend the annual Gorey Boat Blessing service this morning and were already at the station went the pagers went off. The ALB was underway is less than 5 minutes and made best speed towards the casualty. Once the ALB arrived alongside the casualty vessel, two crew members were transferred across with the salvage pump. The crew members started the salvage pump and began to pump out the water in the engine compartment. The casualties had woken up on the vessel this morning to find the aft deck and bathing platform underwater. As there was no obvious reason for the water ingress, the casualty vessel was towed back to St Helier to be hoisted out whilst the crew members remained onboard with the salvage pump.
The crew returned to the station and made the boat ready for her next service.
Unfortunately the St Helier ALB missed the Gorey Boat Blessing service but the St Catherine’s inshore lifeboat was there to represent RNLI Jersey.