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Russian dancers rescued by RNLI Jersey Lifeboat crew

21/02/2018


The trio, who were in Jersey for the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet at the Jersey Opera House, had walked out to the castle on Tuesday afternoon and got cut off by the rising tide. 

 

The dancers initially tried to walk back across the flooding causeway but realised that their route was too dangerous with the water rising rapidly and so turned back, cold and wet. 

 

Finding that their phones were not working, they managed to raise the alarm by shouting and waving, and another member of the public phoned the Coastguard. 

 

The Elizabeth Castle caretaker made sure the women were safe and they were picked up by volunteers training on the George Sullivan lifeboat. 

 

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat, George Sullivan, was diverted from an exercise to recover three dancers who were stranded on Elizabeth Castle. 

 

The three dancers, in Jersey as part of the troupe for the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet, had walked out to Elizabeth Castle across the causeway. 

 

After visiting the castle they tried to return to St Helier by foot but found themselves being cut off by the rising tide. 


The dancers initially tried to walk back across the flooding causeway but realised that their route was too dangerous with the water rising rapidly and so returned, cold and wet, to Elizabeth Castle. 

Finding that their phones were not working, they managed to raise the alarm by shouting and waving and a call was placed by a member of the public to the Coastguard. The Coastguard was able to raise the Elizabeth Castle caretaker who located the ladies and made sure they were safe. 

 

The RNLI's Tamar George Sullivan had been on exercise as part of an acquaint trip, giving potential new crew the opportunity to experience conditions on board the all-weather lifeboat. 

 

The lifeboat was requested by the Coastguard to divert to the Elizabeth Castle breakwater where the dancers were recovered and brought back to St Helier harbour. 

The all-weather lifeboat was then readied for her next service.


Thank you to the Jersey Evening Post for the above report.

 

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