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Blessing of the Boats interrupted by call to action for RNLI crew

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The RNLI St Helier all-weather lifeboat was called out part-way through Sunday evening's Blessing of the Boats at St Aubin's Harbour to assist a broken down motor boat.

The St Helier ALB departs the Blessing of the Boats

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The St Helier ALB departs the Blessing of the Boats
The annual Blessing of the Boats service at St Aubin's Harbour was well underway when Jersey Coastguard asked the RNLI St Helier all-weather lifeboat to assist a vessel which was under tow off the south east of Jersey.

The motorboat, which had 5 persons on board, including a toddler, had lost power and had been taken under tow by a local boat. The St Helier lifeboat was tasked with taking over the tow and bringing the stricken casualty vessel back to St Helier. Whilst the conditions were good with a low swell, the spring tide was still flooding and the boats were struggling to punch against the current.

The crew were mingling with the attending congregation at the conclusion of the service when the Jersey Coastguard requested the assistance of the all-weather lifeboat through the RNLI's Deputy Launch Authority, who was also present. Making their apologies to the Rector of St Brelade's Parish Church and the attending congregation, the crew slipped their moorings and made their way to the two boats, which were by that time just to the north of the Canger Rock Buoy. The lifeboat crew took over the tow and then brought the casualty safely back to St Helier.

The all-weather lifeboat was then refuelled and prepared for her next service.
The casualty being brought alongside at St Helier

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The casualty being brought alongside at St Helier
The crew, before being tasked by Jersey Coastguard

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The crew, before being tasked by Jersey Coastguard

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