Jersey

Channel Islands internet cable cut by ship's anchor in stormy weather

Preparing the cable end Image copyright JT
Image caption A specialist cable laying ship was deployed to repair the broken cable

A network cable linking the Channel Islands with the UK was severed after a ship dropped anchor in bad weather.

Jersey States-owned telecom company JT said customers would not have noticed a change as services were diverted to other cables in the network.

It took seven days to repair the cable, with 800m (2,500ft) cut out using remote controlled underwater equipment from a specialist ship.

The ship also recovered the anchor that caused the damage.

JT's Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Dave Newbold, said: "Incidents like this are thankfully very rare indeed.

"When they do happen, they underline exactly why we invest millions of pounds to install, and then maintain, a network of high-speed, high-capacity communications cables."

Image copyright JT
Image caption The team repairing the cable also recovered the anchor that broke it

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