Jersey

Fisherman stranded by Jersey's high tide

Three low water fishermen had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide at Greve d'Azette.

One of them was seen with water up to his waist three quarters of a mile off La Mare slip earlier.

They were picked up by the Jersey Fire Service inshore rescue boat on a reef a quarter of a mile from the shore.

They were unharmed but said they were alarmed at how fast they had been surrounded by the tide and thought they had left with enough time to get back.

The three men had been cut off by a rapidly rising tide while low water fishing on what was one of the lowest tides of the year.

Watch Commander, Mark Masterman, said: "This incident once again highlights the dangers of low water fishing, especially during extreme spring tides when the tidal range is at its greatest and the tidal speed is at its fastest.

"People must be aware of their location in relation to the incoming tide. Luckily for these three men they were able to alert someone of their plight via a mobile phone.

"If members of the public are going to visit the low water mark in these areas it is imperative they let someone ashore know where they are going and what time they propose to return."

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