Bank Holiday Monday incidents at sea

From Jersey Coastguard
31st August 2020

Many of the Island’s Search & Rescue (SAR) vessels were called upon on the morning of Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to assist with a series of incidents at sea.

At approximately 08:08hrs hrs, Jersey Coastguard received a report from Condor Ferries Rapide en-route to the Island from St Malo, of a capsized vessel in the vicinity of the south east Minquiers buoy. A number of SAR assets were tasked to assist, including St Helier RNLI, Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA), CI Air Search and a French military area. No-one was on board the vessel or the immediate vicinity and the assets were stood down by approximately 10:20 hrs

French authorities subsequently made contact with the owner of the vessel, which was identified as a 5-7 metres motorboat and believed to have come from Paimpol in Brittany. Attempts were made to tow the vessel back to St Helier Harbour, but unfortunately it broke up and sunk.

The Condor Rapide, which stayed on the scene until the arrival of the SAR assets eventually made it into St Helier Harbour at 09:50am.

The second incident involved a kayak, reported adrift just south of the Demie de Pas lighthouse on the Island’s south east coat. The vessel was reported to have had fishing equipment onboard. CI Airsearch and the JLA were diverted from the previous incident to assist. St Helier Inshore Lifeboat and the Fire Service were also tasked.

A search of the reefs to the north where the kayak was located along with the immediate area was carried out as was an extensive search along the south coast. Assets were stood down at approx. 12:48 hrs once the search was complete.

The owner of the kayak came forward to harbour authorities to report that the kayak had gone missing from Le Dicq area.

Jersey Coastguard was informed of another abandoned kayak on the rocks in the vicinity of La Rocque. However, the owners retrieved it themselves and returned it to shore.

Whilst praising and thanking all SAR assets and Condor Ferries for their actions and support this morning, Jersey’s Harbourmaster, Captain Bill Sadler is also taking this opportunity to remind owners to register their water craft and equipment through the Jersey Coastguard Safety Identification Scheme, a free initiative that makes it easier and quicker for maritime authorities to make contact with owners in the event that vessels are found adrift. For further details visit



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