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St Helier inshore lifeboat launches to assist in search for missing swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched from St Helier on Thursday morning to assist in the search for a swimmer who was reported missing in St Brelade's Bay.

At approximately 09.30am on Thursday morning, Jersey Coastguard were contacted by a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of a swimmer in St Brelade's Bay. The concerned caller had seen two persons entering the water but only one returning.

The St Helier inshore lifeboat was launched to work with a number of other assets, including the Fire & Rescue Service inshore lifeboat and Channel Islands Air Search which, together with the St Helier lifeboat, covered the coastal areas. In addition, Jersey Police were tasked with conducting a landside search. After an extensive search lasting approximately 90 minutes, all of the search & rescue assets were stood down when it was felt that the search area had been saturated with no casualty having been found.

However, shortly after being stood down, one of the land-based search teams reported that they had found a car with keys and clothing inside the Winston Churchill Park at St Brelade's Bay and, as a precautionary measure, the search was then recommenced by the St Helier lifeboat and Channel Islands Air Search. The car owner was subsequently contacted shortly before midday and so all assets were stood down for a second time.

The lifeboat returned to the St Helier lifeboat station where it was readied for its next service.

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