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JLA Rescue Operations 'Temporarily Frozen'

The Jersey Lifeboat Association has 'temporarily frozen' rescue operations while a review into an incident last month is carried out by harbour authorities.

The Sir Max Aitken III all-weather lifeboat hit rocks while responding to a distress call from a stricken fishing boat on the evening of Wednesday 10th November.

Jersey's Coastguard, which oversees maritime rescue operations, says it is working with the JLA to understand 'what happened and what lessons can be learnt'.

The review was recommended by an independent investigation into the incident. It will scrutinise the JLA's policies and procedures to make sure they 'remain appropriate' and how they will be followed in the future.

While it's carried out, JLA operations have been temporarily frozen, which Ports of Jersey says will give them time to 'review their legal and regulatory obligations'.

The outcome of the review will be used to form an action plan to decide what measures may need to be brought in before the JLA can resume rescue operations.

The JLA has been contacted for a response.

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