RNLI Dispute - Jersey Harbourmaster's Statement

From Jersey Coastguard,
14 November 2017

As follows is a statement on behalf of Jersey Harbourmaster, Captain Bill Sadler in response to the current dispute between RNLI & St Helier Crew:

"I am disappointed to hear of the break down in relations between the RNLI and the St Helier crew. We recognise and value both the RNLI's long track record of saving lives in Jersey and also the selfless service of its volunteer crews and we will work hard with both to ensure this continues.

The RNLI has served Jersey for over 100 years and the Island is indebted to the charity and its volunteers for saving hundreds of lives during that time. It has a proven track record, invested heavily in boat design and technology, and its training is second to none. Equally, I have a huge respect for the local volunteer crew, support staff and fundraisers.

Since becoming Harbourmaster in June 2017, I have made it a priority to strengthen relationships between all organisations involved in search and rescue (SAR) and I'm pleased we've made significant progress. As Harbourmaster, I have a legal responsibility to coordinate search-and-rescue operations in Jersey's territorial waters and will therefore, continue to work with existing SAR partners, both volunteer and full time to give the most comprehensive provision of search and rescue coverage for the Island as we can and will look to work positively with any new proposed service."

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Jersey Coastguard