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Joint effort

On Tuesday 21st May at approx 21:30, the JLA was tasked to assist a French sailing yacht that had run aground on rocks close to St Helier harbour. In conjunction with RNLI Jersey and Jersey Coastguard, all available SAR assets were deployed. On arrival at the scene shortly behind the RNLI, it became clear that the fast-running propeller of the …

JLA assists Jet Skier

At 21:09 last night the JLA received a call from Jersey Coastguard to assist a jet-skier who had lost contact with their shore party in St Brelades bay. With daylight now gone, time was ticking to find the jet ski. Albert Pinel was launched on service and leapt into action, arriving on scene 26 minutes after the initial call. Vessel …

Jersey Boat Show 2024

It was a beautiful day to be by the water. The sun shone and we were honoured to welcome our Lieutenant-Governor: His Excellency Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE, the Bailiff Tim Le Cocq and the Reverend Geoff Houghton to our naming ceremony for Albert Pinel – our inshore rib. After speeches from our Chairman – Simon O’Donoghue, His Excellency Jerry …

JLA has a busy night

On Sunday evening, Sir Max Aitken was tasked to escort a French flagged yacht from around the Violet Buoy suffering with engine issues.  On arrival, it was found that the vessel was not making any head way against the tide and migrating rather quickly into the reef toward La Rocque.  Sir Max quickly initiated a tow back to st Helier.  …

JLA assist French vessel lost electrical power

It started as a normal Sunday for our Crew; meet at HQ for a coffee and a chin wag, followed by training on Sir Max. Our routine caffeine had to wait as we were in a position to assist a French vessel that had lost electrical power whilst at anchor at the Minquiers. After contact had been established with the …

200 Tide Table Booklets for the 2024 season.

We have been kindly gifted 200 Tide Table Booklets for the 2024 season. These really useful and safety crucial tables will be available for FREE at our Don Street Stall in St Helier on Saturday 20th April 2024 between 9:00 and 12:00am. Why not pop along and say hello, support a great local charity and buy some of our goodies …

A visit from Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham

On Tuesday, 9th April, the Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA) was honoured to host Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham for a comprehensive visit to our fleet. This included a detailed discussion with council members regarding ongoing progress, advanced training, and strategic planning for support initiatives. Chief Minister Farnham expressed admiration for the sophisticated equipment showcased, particularly highlighting the Albert Pinel vessel for …

Annual Service for Sir Max

Sir Max has been out for her annual service; including anti-foul, engine service and various bits of maintenance. This is all part and parcel of keeping the boat ship shape and ready to go! Throughout her week off, Albert Pinel was ready for tasking 24/7. With thanks to Ports of Jersey for the hoist and space in the boat park …

JLA 2024 Charity Lunch

Why not join us for a tasty treat and support your favourite lifeboat charity? Tickets to our charity lunch are now available. The date: Sunday 14th April 2024 The time: 12:30 for 13:00 start The place: The Ambassadeur Hotel The price: £45 per person (children under 12’s menu £17.50) The ticket price includes: Drink on arrival (Prosecco or orange juice), …

Parliamentary event held to celebrate the National Independent Lifeboat Association

Parliamentary event held to celebrate the National Independent Lifeboat Association A parliamentary event was held on Monday 4th March to celebrate the first anniversary of the formation of The National Independent Lifeboat Association (NILA), hosted by Founder and Honorary President Anthony Mangnall MP (Totnes & South Devon). NILA is a registered charity which represents the independent lifeboats that save countless …

Radar Training

On Tuesday we covered the use of radar for navigation and collision avoidance with the newer members of JLA crew encompassing practical uses out on Albert Pinel. Part of the exercise involved utilising electronic equipment whilst moving at speed, this can be hard work but is a necessary skill. On Wednesday night we took some of the senior crew, who …

Elizabeth Castle Ferry Exercise

Yesterday the JLA had a planned exercise with Elizabeth Castle Ferry and Jersey Coastguard. This formed part of our simulation training and the exercise scenario was as follows: “ A call out to the ferry after the vessel had experienced a fouled propeller, subsequently the skipper had slipped and injured themselves” JLA’s “Albert Pinel” launched into action, taking on an …