Guernsey

Guernsey lifeboat rescues man from overturned boat

  • 4 September 2013
  • From the section Guernsey

A man was rescued after his boat overturned while returning to Guernsey from Herm.

Guernsey's lifeboat was launched at 23:20 BST on Tuesday to search around Herm and Jethou after concerns were raised about the overdue rib Stingher.

The man was found "clinging to the boat" on the Aiguillons Rock, about half a nautical mile south west of Jethou at 02:21.

He was found to be suffering from mild hyperthermia and an ankle injury.

He was transferred to an ambulance at 02:40 when the lifeboat had returned to St Peter Port Harbour.

Mike Galliott, one of Guernsey's assistant harbour masters, said conditions were difficult: "There was only about 100m visibility at the start of the search, but it improved a little bit as the search went on."

He said the lifeboat was directed to the site after a flare sent up by the man was spotted by the coastguard station.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the lifeboat was launched to help a Guernsey boat lost in fog as it was returning from Herm.

The Tahini was found off the Lower Heads at 20:35 and escorted back to St Peter Port Harbour before 21:00.

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