Search and rescue activities continue

From Jersey Coastguard
9th December 2022

Jersey Coastguard is continuing to coordinate search and rescue activities this afternoon. However, after careful analysis of their findings, the search and rescue phase of the operation will draw to a close today at sunset. All possible rescue activities will have been exhausted in an effort to find the three missing fishermen. We are aware that this is very difficult for friends and family of the men, and we extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragic incident.

Ports of Jersey has commissioned a large offshore support vessel with a remotely operated underwater craft which is due to arrive in the island early next week, to conduct a more detailed survey of the collision site. This will inform the recovery phase of the operation.

An investigation has been commissioned by the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture in accordance with Jersey’s Shipping Law 2002. Maritime Standards, part of Ports of Jersey, are leading that investigation with support from the States of Jersey Police.  Ports of Jersey can also call on external organisations, like the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, if any extra technical expertise is required.

A parallel safety-focused investigation is being run by the Flag State for the Commodore Goodwill (Bahamas Maritime Authority) in collaboration with Jersey, as the Coastal State party.

Jersey Coastguard