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between 06:00 and 22:00 Plemont Beaches from May to lifted off by helicopter and two high concentration of aircraft
with functions being divided September, with additional French salvage tugs stood by movements during the event
between VTS and Coastguard services at Greve de Lecq to tow the ship to safety. By and the Coastguard must be

watch keeping activities as during the school summer the time a tow was established prepared.
required. Between 22:00 and holidays. the vessel had drifted to within
06:00 both port operations 20 miles of the west coast of A number of ferries carrying
and coastguard activities Activities Guernsey. Jersey Coastguard up to 750 passengers operate
decrease to a level acceptable The Coastguard responds to was advised of the situation regularly into St. Helier. Twice
for one officer to handle. about 140 incidents a year, and the intention to bring the daily a Brittany ferry capable
many of which occur during vessel to Portland. Several of carrying over 2000
The station is supported by a the summer months. The calls anxious hours ensued before a passengers passes close east
Duty Harbour master who is for assistance cover a wide tow was established and the or west of the island on its
trained by the UK Coastguard variety of problems including:- casualty towed out of our journey between St. Malo and
to Search Mission Controller engine failures (30), alarms area. Major pollution from fuel Portsmouth. To evacuate all
standards. raised with good intent (14), oil and drifting containers passengers and crew from a
persons cut off by tide (12), would have been caused in vessel of this size would
The Coastguard is equipped flares (9), injuries at sea (8), Guernsey within eight hours, require every available
with CG1, an emergency “blue unmanned or drifting boats and in Jersey 12 hours later. maritime asset as well as
light” equipped vehicle which is (8), False alarms (6), vessels those from neighbouring
kept by the duty grounding (5), fire at sea (2), The flight approach to Jersey’s jurisdictions.
Harbourmaster to act as a missing persons (3), body in very busy airport is between
first line of response for the sea (2), helicopter 80-95% executed over water Every year the Coastguard
onshore incidents or as an on evacuations (2) & drowning (1). so the probability of an aircraft carry out at least one major
scene communications vehicle ditching in the sea rather than exercise testing these plans.
in the event of operating in The last major maritime on land is higher. In 2008 the This year the Coastguard
remote locations. The vehicle incident in Jersey waters Coastguard was alerted to two helicopter has exercised with
is equipped with basic first aid, occurred in 1995 when the possible aircraft ditching the Marine Incident Response
and life saving equipment as high speed catamaran incidents. Thankfully these team from the Fire & Rescue
well as a comprehensive suite “St. Malo” struck rocks off both ended with the aircraft Service. In addition a major
of communications equipment, La Corbiere and 307 persons landing safely. The Jersey pollution exercise was carried
for maritime, air, emergency were rescued. Following International Air Display has a out jointly with Guernsey.
services and telephone lessons learned, training has
contact. All the Duty HMs are been increased and aligned to
trained to advanced driver UK Coastguard standards.
standards. Regular drills and exercises
take place using the lifeboats,
In 2004 the department also UK and French SAR
took over the management of helicopters and the States Tug
the beach lifeguard services Duke of Normandy.
and in 2007 these too were
re-branded to Jersey On 18th January 2007 the
Coastguard and provide life container ship MSC Napoli
saving services on started to break up in a gale
St. Brelade’s, St. Ouens and off Cornwall. The crew were


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