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Jersey Coastguard statistics

About Jersey Coastguard​

​​​Jersey Coastguard provides maritime and aviation search and rescue (SAR) within Jersey’s territorial waters. 


  • coordinate pilotage and shipping movements for the Ports of Jersey
  • run the vessel traffic services for the ports
  • undertake operational liaison with the shipping companies which serve Jersey
  • manage the counter pollution and salvage response for the Island 
  • maintain the voyage safety reporting service for all vessels on passage in territorial waters
  • assist the other emergency services where people are at risk on cliffs or the shoreline

Other services​

As well as the above, we also:

  • operate a 24 hour pilot boat service to assist vessels to dock in port and to clear local reefs and other dangers
  • conduct maintenance and inspection of aids to navigation, harbour and offshore reef structures
  • carry out salvage operations, oil pollution response, anchor handling, guard boat duties, mooring maintenance and other contract work​
  • carry out hydrographic surveys

Search and rescue (SAR) incidents

In 2016,

  • there were a total of 144 incidents that required the use of the SAR Service
  • 225 people were assisted during the year
  • 15 people were saved from imminent danger

Problems at sea​

Members of the public raised 37 "alarms with good intent" in respect of a potential problem at sea. We investigated ea​ch of these alarms from either the shore or by using a SAR unit.

In 2016, there were:

  • 62 vessels that needed help
  • two that needed saving from imminent danger

The most common reasons for incidents were mechanical failure or "alarms with good intent" and persons cut off by tide.​

Missing people​

With the States of Jersey Police, we conducted eight coastline searches for missing persons. 

This included the use of the Channel Islands Air Search aeroplane and a French Navy Helicopter.

Beach lifeguard service

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) run the seasonal beach lifeguard service and work with Jersey Coastguard. 

​The RNLI provide 10am to 6pm cover for four beaches from April to September.

Table: Jersey Coastguard sea rescue statistics, 2003 to 2016

St Helier all weather lifeboat (ALB) / inshore lifeboat (ILB) St Catherine ILB Fire Service inshore rescue boat (IRB) CI Air Search Other vessels Duke of Normandy & States vessels Helicopter Alarms with good intent Total incidents
2003272 249 156 11 0 36173
200514 / 11 14203305027102
200615 / 1510179321523399
200717 / 18211774617521119
200830 / 25142642621342133
200945 / 27173595221459175
201032 / 19182314023134148
201131 / 19222475922336160
201246 / 17 2819117829548174
201334 / 23233756321324159
201439 / 23212614023120140
201529 / 23243127417118​152
​201625 / 21​21​37​5​64​23​10​37​144​

Source: Jersey Coastguard

Further reading: Jersey Coastguard website

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