A French motorboat became stranded in Jersey after the tide went out, prompting a rescue from the RNLI lifeboat

A French motorboat was rescued by the RNLI after it grounded whilst fishing at the Ecrehous reef in Jersey.


On Sunday the St Catherine’s lifeboat crew were notified that there was a grounded motorboat at the Ecrehouse. Within ten minutes the team had launched a lifeboat and reached the stranded boat just fifteen minutes later.


When the tide went out in the morning, the 8.5 metre French motorboat became stuck on the rocks. The lifeboat crew carried out a visual inspection, agreeing there was no material damage and nothing could be done to help the stranded boat until the tide turned.


After waiting five hours, the tide finally came in and lifted the boat out of the rocks.


Two of the lifeboat crew were onboard the motorboat to make sure that the strong currents and the strengthening wind didn’t pose any more problems for navigating out of the tricky reef.


By 4.30pm the stranded boat was freed and the lifeboat had returned to the station.