RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/05/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/05/2018 16:51

St Helier lifeboat launches to fishing boat on fire

At 4.23pm this afternoon the George Sullivan all-weather lifeboat launched from St Helier along with Jersey Fire and Rescue Service to help a fishing boat in trouble just outside the harbour.

The boat had caught fire and two crew members had been safely evacuated; however the flares, fuel and gas cylinders still on board presented some risk.

As the George Sullivan approached, the crew witnessed a number of explosions on board the fishing boat so remained at a safe distance and kept all nearby vessels out of the immediate area.

The Fire Service boat used its firefighting pump to bring the blaze under control, and, after the damaged boat was towed into deeper water, the lifeboat used its hydrant to dampen down the vessel. Once the fishing boat was judged to be safe, it was towed back to a lifting point and handed over to the Coastguard at 6.40pm. The George Sullivan returned to its mooring and was ready for service once again by 7.10pm.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland