Statement in response to preliminary report on RNLI
From Port of Jersey
12th August 2022
We note the Chief Minister’s decision not to proceed to a full inquiry and we continue to work with Government in delivering our key public services for the Island community. We remain committed to working with all the dedicated volunteers and professionals who do an outstanding job to keep the islanders and seafarers in our waters safe, helping us to ensure that Jersey fulfils its legal obligations under international maritime law.
We have serious concerns about the objectivity, accuracy and validity of this preliminary report and the process followed in compiling it. It relies on the views of a minority of partial individuals and does not provide a full and verified picture of the breakdown in relations between the RNLI and the St Helier Lifeboat crew.
The report’s author did not approach Ports of Jersey until the preliminary report was produced, but instead invited the Harbour Master and another Ports of Jersey staff member to participate in their personal capacities. After receiving no response to questions about the process and how information would be handled, both were advised not to participate.
Significant improvements have been made by the search and rescue community since the Council of Ministers presented their official report to the States Assembly in 2018, and this preliminary report risks undermining the hard work and dedication of those who have helped develop a search and rescue framework of which the island can be proud.