03 June 2013
Calls to a land fire and sea rescue on Saturday have prompted Jersey Fire and Rescue to issue some tips to islanders about safety on the water and preventing wild fires.
- If you are thinking about getting out on to the water or walking out to look at towers/rocks around the coastline ensure that you have checked the tide and weather conditions. Tell someone where you are going, when you intend to return and let them know when you have returned. Take either a fully charged mobile phone or marine radio.
- If you are out in a boat check the boat is in good order and that you have the correct safety equipment – i.e. life jackets, anchor, paddles, flares, compass etc.
- If you own a kayak place some form of identification on your kayak – contact name and number.
- If you intend to be out for long periods of time remember to take sufficient water with you as dehydration could become an issue.
- In the summer months vegetation dries out fast. Be extra vigilant when disposing of smoking materials, glass and BBQ coals as these could easily trigger an open land fire, which if not dealt with quickly, could result in a wild fire causing the destruction of large areas of our surrounding natural environment.
The service were called to deal with a small open land fire that had started at La Braye. The cause of this fire was being investigated by the States Police.
Shortly after this incident another crew responded to a call about a child spotted in the sea off the coast at St Clement. The child had been rescued by a small boat nearby, however the inshore rescue boat was launched to ensure this was the case and to retrieve the child's kayak to prevent further calls being made to the coast guard. The child was confirmed to be fine and advice was given to the parents.
The calls were two of a number received by Jersey Fire and Rescue at the weekend. Other calls included a fire in town flat caused by a chip pan which caught fire.
The alarm was raised by a 14-year-old boy whose quick actions were praised by the officers who attended. The service has also warned about the dangers of cooking with open chip pans and the need for installing working smoke alarms.