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St Catherine's Lifeboat rescues French Yacht


The 45-foot vessel had eight passengers on board when it got into difficulty on rocks to the west of the harbour entrance late evening on Wednesday, 28th September.


The yacht had sustained some damage, although no one was injured and the it wasn't taking on any water.

St Catherine’s and the Fire Service inshore lifeboats were called out and a neighbouring fishing boat was also able to help tow it away.

Crews described the conditions as 'challenging' due to the sea state, strong winds and position of the yacht near the sea wall and added 'thankfully, all eight persons aboard the yacht were wearing life jackets and foul weather gear and survived their ordeal unscathed.


The three vessels worked together to move the yacht off the rocks and help her towards a visitor mooring. The vessel sustained some suspected damage to her hull and propeller.

This incident typifies the teamwork and perseverance of various rescue organisations and local seafarers alike, coming to the aid of a vessel in distress.

"The conditions and vulnerable position of the vessel meant all three boats on scene were working together in close proximity of each other, rocks and other vessels moored in the harbour, and that Jersey Fire and Rescue would like to thank the private fishing vessel for their much needed assistance." – Crew Commander Craig Channing

To view video footage filmed by St Catherine's Lifeboat click here.

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