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Fundraising lunch interrupted by 'launch the lifeboat' call
On Thursday 5th July members of the RNLI Jersey Lifeboat Guild held a Lunch at St Brelade’s Bay Hotel to support the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
St Catherine Helm, Andrew Eeles, gave an inspirational presentation on his 25 years volunteering for the RNLI. He was followed by Rob Stuteley, Jersey Lifeguard Supervisor and Nathan Elms, Lifeguard Supervisor, who gave an overview of the RNLI Lifeguard Service in Jersey since its inception in 2011 including a video showing training of lifeguards.
However, just as lunch service was about to start Deputy Launching Authority Chris McFadyen, who was attending the lunch, received a call from Coastguard asking to launch the St Catherine Lifeboat for a RIB lost in fog off the northeast of the Island.
During his Presentation Andrew updated the audience with the good news that the RIB had been located, some miles from its stated position, and was currently being escorted back to Bonne Nuit.
Mrs Josephine Spary, Chairman of the RNLI Jersey Lifeboat Guild, said “It was certainly an exciting lunch and the rescue by St Catherine ILB, Eric W Wilson, brought into focus why we were all there. We would like to thank all of our guests for joining us at this event.”