Have you tested your VHF radio? Are you familiar with all of the “do’s and don’ts” surrounding VHF Radios? Jersey Coastguard have put together this excellent reminder sheet. If you would like a PDF copy, you can download it here for free. Even better - print it, laminate it, and keep it on your boat.
Help Mim raise funds for the JLA
Help Mim Poingdestre raise funds for the Jersey Lifeboat Association. Hear what Mim has to say about her fundraising challenge. “To mark my 60th birthday, I will be swimming 60 kilometres over 60 days in the sea and at the pool.
Rib Update 2
We are so excited - the delivery date is getting closer everyday! Here are the latest photos from Berthons of the JLA Rib during fit out. She will be the most modern rescue rib in the British Isles and is coming to Jersey soon!!
The JLA stall is finally back!
The JLA stall is finally back! Our lovely team is so pleased to be will be back with the JLA stall fully loaded with goodies. On Saturday 24th April we will be at Brooke St (next to Hamon's) from 9.00am till 4.00pm
Statistics Reports: March 2021
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for March 2021.
We're so excited about our new rib. The most modern rescue rib in the British Isles is coming to Jersey soon!!
Notice of AGM
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Annual General Meeting of the Jersey Lifeboat Association will be held at The St Helier Yacht Club, St Helier, Jersey on 14 April 2021 at 6.00pm. Read more for the full agenda and how you can join.
Statistics Reports: February 2021
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for February 2021.
Shout near Seymour Tower
What a morning....back in the water and an immediate call out! The JLA were tasked to assist a vessel reported to be drifting near Seymour tower shortly after relaunching. After locating the vessel, we put it under tow and all parties were returned safely to La Collette. Good job, team!
Sir Max Paint & Spruce
Sir Max has come out of the water for her 6-monthly paint and spruce. She's looking fine now. You can see more photos is our gallery
We're so excited to be able to share this great news! Our new rib is currently ready for fitting out - here are some pictures, courtesy of Berthons. We're so proud that we are going to be the owners of the most modern rescue rib in the British Isles!
What's the appeal of winter surfing
The winter waves can be very appealing, with bigger and more consistent swells. The water temperature can still get very cold, so it's vitally important that any winter activities in or around the water are undertaken with that in mind. For those who are thinking about doing a spot of winter surfing, we've put together a guide on what kit to take and how to be prepared so that you can enjoy the winter waves safely.
Statistics Reports: January 2021
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for January 2021.
Sea Swimming has been proved to help with your mental health, but what about your physical health? We all know that swimming is great for your personal fitness, but there are dangers associated with sea swimming that must be considered if you’re thinking of taking up sea swimming.
Statistics Reports: Nov & Dec 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for November & December 2020.
Merry Christmas, from the Jersey Lifeboat Association
A message from our Honorary President
Dear Member, I am pleased to report that your Jersey Lifeboat Association continues to move forward towards our longer-term goals. Having fully paid for the all-weather lifeboat we are now looking to add an inshore craft to our resources....
JLA Christmas Cards
Have you bought your Christmas cards yet? It’s not too late - you can buy some fantastic Christmas cards for your loved ones whilst supporting the JLA.
Press release: Rib
What a great write-up on our new rib.
Les Minquiers Exercise
Some cracking shots from this mornings exercise round the les Minquiers, Britain’s most Southern outpost....thank you Andy Habin!
Great news from Santa
T’was a month before Christmas, whilst out on the sea, the crew spotted Santa, who was drinking his tea. He gave them an envelope and said with a grin ....
Register your watercraft
We cannot stress enough how important this is. Make sure you've registered your watercraft.
Don't get caught out
Jersey is such a beautiful place to live. We’re so lucky to be here in nature’s playground, but it’s easy to forget that we also have one of the largest tidal ranges in the world - almost doubling in size twice a day. Whether you’re out fishing in remote locations or low waters, exploring coves and rock pools or just enjoying the beaches and sea fun, it’s important to remember that the tide won’t wait for you.
Statistics Reports: Sept & Oct 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for September & October If you've missed any of our reports, you can find them all on our gallery page, in the "Monthly Reports" section.
Cow Pat Presentation
It may have been a wet and windy day on Saturday, but we still managed to present Roger O'Halloran with his winnings from the cow pat raffle. Thanks again to all who took part in this fabulous event.
A few shots of the crew on a training exercise this weekend, well done team. See more images in our gallery or by clicking here.
Thank you everyone
Wow, what an amazing weekend! With live music and a smelly, soggy but fun cow pat raffle, it's been amazing! Thank you to everyone who supported us.
We have a winner!
We have a winner!! Congratulations to Mr Roger O’Halloran whose ticket number C18 was chosen to receive the smelly offering yesterday! We’ll be in touch with you soon to arrange the presentation of your cheque.
Out on exercise
A beautiful evening for an exercise, thanks Mick for capturing these. ￼ It’s handy having a professional photographer on the crew. Great shots from Andy Habin.
Cow Pat: SOLD OUT
We’re excited to tell you that we have now SOLD OUT of the cow-pat raffle tickets!
We know: lifejackets can seem cumbersome and uncomfortable, not to mention un-stylish! We get it. That’s not what they’re for though. With more and more people venturing into the water, whether that’s in a motorised boat or a canoe, we cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a lifejacket. You must, must, must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when you’re on the water.
Statistics Reports: August 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for August.
Did you know - you can use your spend local card to support the JLA? We can't accept the Government's spend local card ourselves, but you can still support us.
Jersey Charities Booster Appeal
Are you looking forward to receiving your “Spend Local” card from the Government this week? After you’ve treated yourself to something nice, why not think about contributing to a local charity? Unfortunately, charities like us cannot accept the cards themselves, but ...
Roll up, roll up
Our fundraising team are back in town this Saturday (29th August) with a selection of goodies for you to buy. Come and say hello, and see what we can tempt you with. We'll be on Brook Street / King Street, by Hamons from 9am to 4pm, and we have some fantastic merchandise for sale; from clothing to mugs and jewellery, jams and chutneys to fresh Jersey Produce.
Sark to Jersey challenge
Safe to say everyone had a brilliant day yesterday for the Sark to Jersey challenge, thanks to everyone who sent in photos and took some of the boat and crew...here are a few, photo credits to: Sarah Woods, Donna Murray, Megan Adamska, David Ferguson Photograpy and last but no means least Bam Perspectives, thank you all so much.
Statistics Reports: July 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for July.
A busy day for our crew today, while on exercise a boat needed assistance from Gorey back to St Helier then just as we were coming back into the harbour we were tasked to assist another boat needing assistance from St Aubin back to town, pleased to say everyone is safely back on their moorings 😁⛵️🚤⚓️
Cow Pat Raffle
Who’d have thought that betting on cow-dung could win you money! Now is your chance to WIN £2,000 whilst helping raise money for the JLA. We’re having a “cow-pat” raffle! Only 200 tickets available and one lucky winner!
Statistics Reports: June 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for June.
Shout: Steering Failure at The Minquieres
Sir Max was launched on service this morning to help a boat with steering failure, stranded at the Minquieres. Successful mission and all now back safe and sound - well done team. Thanks to Phil Mourant for the shot taken whilst we were out.
Shut Up & Swim Challenge
Charlie was a great supporter of the JLA, and in his honour the "Shut Up & Swim Challenge" has been put together - a virtual swim, taking place between 24th July and 31st August.
You can’t beat a good bum-scrub!
From babies to grown-ups; cats and dogs… We all need a good bottom-wash from time to time! Sir Max is no different. She’s been out of the water this morning for a good bottom-scrub, and is looking fresh and clean. Well done to the team for their hard work, and thanks to Ports of Jersey and Rosden for their help and support.
Come and say "hi"
Our lovely team will be out at Charing Cross tomorrow (Saturday 25th July), by the toad, with our stall full of lovely goodies. We’d love for you to drop by and say hello. Why not treat yourself to some merchandise or other niceties, whilst supporting your lifeboat team.
Coasteering, Cliff jumping & Tombstoning
Coasteering is a relatively new activity for thrill seekers looking to get wet whilst getting close to nature. It’s a fusion of rock climbing, swimming, cliff jumping and scrambling around on rocks whilst taking in the natural wonders the coastline has to offer. Tombstoning is another activity all together, and is highly controversial. If you’re interested in taking part in coasteering, Ports of Jersey has this very sensible message:
Coasteering & Tombstoning
With the temperature rising, it’s so tempting to want to get in the water, but it needs to be done safely. “Tombstoning” has become a controversial activity. Similarly, cliff jumping when not part of an organised party with equipped and trained professionals present is not without its dangers. There are risks from hitting the water at great height, water depths, submerged hazards, currents and tides and cold water shock.
Sir Max is out on a shout. Breezy day for it! More information to follow. #YourBoat #YourCrew #JerseyLifeboat
Rest in peace, Charlie Gravett
With heavy hearts and great sadness, we mourn the loss of Charlie Gravett, who passed away earlier today. Charlie was a much loved and respected supporter of the Jersey Lifeboat Association and we are all proud to have known him. He will be very much missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Sally and the family at this sad time. Rest in peace, Charlie. May your spirit sail to waters safe.
Water Safety Code
We hope our water safety series has been of use to you. We want everyone to enjoy the water but stay safe. We’ll always be here for you, but it’s always a good idea to be equipped with the knowledge to look after yourself. Always follow the Water Safety Code
Water safety - anglers
Angling can seem like a harmless, peaceful activity which can be undertaken here or further afield. The dangers that large bodies of water pose should always be considered before you grab your line. Unfortunately, a number of anglers lose their lives through drowning every year. For that reason, we’ve put together a few pointers to keep you safe:
St Helier Yacht Club Rally
Great day out on the water today for the St Helier Yacht Club Rally.
2 years ago today
2 years ago today our crew came home with ‘Sir Max Aitken III’ from Norfolk, she was updated with all the very latest technology and on board medical equipment and is now part of Jerseys SAR community and also a fully fledged member of the International Maritime Rescue Federation.
Water safety - runners and walkers
The RLSS in the UK have been warning runners and walkers to stay safe near bodies of water as they are most at risk of accidental drowning. Each year, over 100 people (on average) lose their lives to drowning as a result of walking or running near water. Figures show on average around 55% of all drowning victims were either running or walking, and never intended to be in the water.
Statistics Reports: May 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for May.
Water safety - open water swimming
Transitioning from a pool to open water can be daunting, but if you follow some simple safety steps, it can be fantastic. The biggest difference to pool swimming is the temperature. While not as warm, it can be rewarding to feel at one with nature. Open water swimming can be undertaken in lakes, rivers and seas across the world. There are dedicated open water swimming venues across the UK and further afield.
Water safety - drowning
The majority of us wouldn’t just stand by and do nothing if we saw someone was in trouble in the water. Normally you’d alert the lifeguard or summon help, but what do you do when that’s just not possible - there’s no lifeguards or there’s no-one else around?
Statistics Reports: April 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to. Here are our reports for April.
Water safety - around your home
We’ve all been having to spend more time at home, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change dramatically too soon. The temperatures are getting warmer so inevitably we’re spending more time in our gardens, with paddling pools, hot tubs and swimming pools in the mix. Your home is considered one of the safest places you can be, but there are still elements of water safety that need to be considered. For example: did you know a baby can drown in as little as 2cm of water? Here are a few safety tips for around the home (indoors and outdoors) to keep you all safe and happy at home.
Shout vessel sinking the Minquieres
The JLA were called at 21.50, a fast launch at 22.00 from the JLA crew to a sailing vessel with 3 people on board which had hit rocks in the Minquieres and was sinking, their mooring had parted and they had drifted onto the rocks, we were tasked to locate the crew and salvage the vessel if possible.
Water safety - cold water shock
What actually IS “cold water shock”? Well, the term refers to a range of natural reactions by our body to protect us when we enter cold water. Sometimes, however, these reactions can have the exact opposite effect and work against us. It’s not just ice-cold water that can send our bodies into shock though - it can happen at anything below the temperature of, say, a swimming pool.
Water safety - open water
There’s nothing quite like being out in open waters, but did you know that over 80% of accidental drowning happen in open water? A lot of this is due to the lack of understanding and knowledge around open water safety. If you’re armed with the basics and know what hazards to be wary of, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy the open water whilst reducing significantly the number of incidents that happen year on year.
JLA welcomed as a member of IMRF
We are incredibly proud to announce that The Jersey Lifeboat Association has been welcomed as a full member of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). We very much look forward to working with them to develop and improve our maritime SAR capabilities for Jersey.
Water safety - swimming pools
Swimming pools are a great place to relax, and for many they are thought to be a much safer environment, but did you know that in the UK and Ireland alone, there are approximately 700 drowning fatalities every year, plus many more who suffer from accidents and injuries, with some sustaining life changing injuries. We want everyone to enjoy the water in all it’s glory (not just out to sea). That’s why we’ve compiled these swimming pool safety tips.
Water safety - Spring/Summer
As the weather improves, it’s all too easy to head to the beach, pool or other waterside spot, but it can be a dangerous place if you don’t observe water safety. All to often, we hear of people drowning in situations that could have been easily avoided. That’s why we’re putting together a series of tips to help you be water safe.
Shout: Engine Failure
If you’re unlucky enough to suffer from engine failure whilst out at sea, don’t panic - we’re here for you. The team have been out on a shout today to help with just this problem. Everyone home safely.
As the weather improves, boat owners can look forward to spending the increased time out-side of the home out on the water - especially now we’re allowed out for up to 6 hours a day. At The Jersey Lifeboat Association, we’re amongst those looking forward to getting back out and riding the waves, but please - stay safe everyone.
Shrug off those Monday blues with some stunning photos #JerseyLifeboats #WaterSafety #SirMax
Statistics Reports: Feb & March 2020
Jersey Lifeboat Association has an internal system to track our activities, incidents attended and exercises. We’re now in a position to share this information with you, to let you see just what we get up-to.
Jersey Lifeboats: Weathering the storm
We’re all weathering the storm right now, but Jersey Lifeboats are always on hand to help. That’s why we make sure the team is always ready, for whatever challenges are thrown at us. It’s tough for everyone right now, but be assured - Jersey Lifeboats are by your side throughout life’s trials and tribulations. We rely on your generous donations to do this.
12 months officially declared
12 months ago, we celebrated becoming an OFFICIALLY DECLARED SAR FACILITY.
Happy Birthday JLA
It is incredible to think that the Jersey Lifeboat Association is already two years old - and what an eventful two years it has been. We have premises on Albert Quay, a lifeboat which is an integral part of Jersey's Search and Rescue Assets (SAR), and we will soon have an inshore rescue vessel to strengthen our resources.
Don't forget to donate - we appreciate every penny
Don't forget to donate - we appreciate every penny
Simon Harman will be raising money in the ring for the JLA
The wonderful Simon Harman will be stepping in the ring on the 21st March raising money for the JLA and Jersey Cancer relief, we wish him the best of luck! Thank you Simon John Harman, we will be there cheering you on!
JEP write up
Nice write up from Richard Heath at the JEP
Happy 2nd birthday, JLA!
2 Years ago today the Jersey Lifeboat Association passed through Jerseys Royal Court as a newly fledged local independent lifeboat service and what an amazing 2 years it’s been! Thank you to all of our amazing crew and our volunteers who give up hours of their time to ensure things run smoothly and of course you our followers and supporters! Here’s to a safe and happy boating season, fair winds to you all.
We are so excited to have been selected by the fabulous Sally Minty-Gravett as one of her charities in her upcoming English Channel swim this summer, please support Sally in doing this in aid of the JLA and Jersey Alzheimer’s Association if you can.
The reindeer are back!
The reindeer are back! More Christmas reindeer have arrived and will be on sale along with our Christmas cards, beanie hats and plenty of other items today at St Clements Parish Hall, come along and see us if you’re out that way.
New HQ signage
New HQ signage looking good...now just needs a bit of spit and polish.
Fundraising at De Gruchys
The JLA team will have a stand in De Gruchys arcade all this week, 9.30am-4pm for anyone wishing to purchase goodies. Thank you De Gruchys for your support.
Remembrance Sunday 2019
Thank you to Jess and Rachel for sharing their photos of this morning. #lestweforget #remembrancesunday #jla
JLA Quiz Night
A massive thank you to our Quiz Master Colin Adams and Matt for giving up their evening in aid of the JLA, a great night had by all and an amazing £1,600 raised, well done to Cheryl and her team for another successful fundraising evening. Thank you to everyone who came and bought raffle tickets, we are feeling the love.
Hungry Man Pumpkins
Get your Pumpkins at the Hungry Man all donations to the JLA.
Oak Colony Beavers take a tour
The Oak Colony Beavers 10th St Brelade Scout Group joined us for a tour of Sir Max today, think it’s safe to say they all had a great time, especially when they found the horn.
Fundraising lunch up-date
A huge thank you to those who came to our lunch yesterday, we raised an amazing £1878.00. I’m sure you will join us in thanking the Hotel Ambassadeur for great food and service.
Shout Launch overdue diver
Shout 42ft broken down motor boat
Shout tow job in small roads
Shout 10m rib broken down
Shout broken down 32ft motorboat
Shout French yacht suspected lost propeller
Shout broken down motorboat
Shout tasked with a medical emergency
At 14.15 the JLA were tasked with a medical emergency
Shout Crew Assemble 10m Rib with engine failure
10 meter Rib with Engine Failure
Shout Yacht with engine failure
Yacht requiring assistance after engine failure
Shout Yacht tangled in fishing gear
Yacht stuck fast on lobster fishing gear.
Shout 1 Broken down yacht
First shout for the JLA since being declared.
Jersey Lifeboat Association is proud to say as of midnight tonight we are OFFICIALLY DECLARED!
Crew undertake fire training update
A selection of the crew undertake a fire training update, run by the Airport Fire Service.
Sir Max Aitken III gets lifted out
Sir Max being lifted out this morning. The work starts now.
Sir Max Aitken III arrives in St Helier
Safely arriving in St Helier Jersey
Sir Max Aitken III leaves Goodchild Marine
First aid training
The last 2 nights crew have undergone first aid training.
JLA collection boxes now available
If you would like a JLA collection box in your shop, pub, club or Restaurant etc.
Fundraising for new boats
Fundraising drive has begun for two proposed boat purchases.
Crew sea survival training
Crew that hadn't completed sea survival training did today.