27 July 2021
Yesterday the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service were called at approximately 18:30 to assist a swimmer who had become cut off on rocks by the quickly rising tide in St Clement.
A member of the public made a call to the Coastguard, who alerted the JFRS for back-up assistance.
The Inshore Rescue Boat was mobilised from Fire HQ in Rouge Bouillon, but fortunately, before the crew and boat arrived on scene, another nearby JFRS crew were able to divert their route to provide assistance to the swimmer, who was safely brought to shore.
All JFRS frontline fire engines carry basic water rescue equipment which means crews are able to act quickly, should they be close by, as in this incident.
Station Commander, Ryan Hall, commended the response and early intervention of the crews initially in attendance for successfully stabilising a rapidly developing incident.
Crew Commander Birrell commented: “This incident is a timely reminder to Islanders of the dangers of being cut off and, at worst, drowning, presented by the fast-flowing tide rising through the rocky gullies here in Jersey.
“When venturing to tidal beach areas, check the weather and tide times before you go, take a mobile phone and inform someone where you are going and what time you will be back. If it is later in the day and visibility is reduced, a torch and reflective clothing are also recommended.
“Sea swimmers should consider a wetsuit and brightly coloured hat and/or swim buoy for longer swims. We would always recommend choosing a lifeguarded beach, and swimming between the red and yellow flags. Should you swim at a beach that is not monitored by lifeguards, never swim alone, learn more about your chosen location before you go, and familiarise yourself the local hazard signs.”
To learn more about safe swimming visit RNLI advice and swimming advice.
There is information on the free Coastguard ‘Trace’ app, suitable for all types of watercraft and swimmers.