Jersey

Jersey RNLI inshore lifeboat back in use

RNLI St Helier Atlantic 85 lifeboat Image copyright RNLI
Image caption The lifeboat will become operational from midday on Monday 4 December

An RNLI lifeboat is to return to service after its station closed following a "breakdown in relations" between the charity and crew.

The RNLI said Jersey's inshore lifeboat will be fully operational at St Helier on Monday, crewed by existing RNLI volunteers and Jersey Fire and Rescue personnel.

The station shut following a walkout by the crew over the sacking of coxswain Andy Hibbs in April.

Mr Hibbs was re-instated in June.

He received an apology after an appeal and was asked to return on condition that he "adhered to the charity's volunteer code of conduct".

Image caption The St Helier All Weather lifeboat remains out of action

The RNLI closed the St Helier station and removed the All Weather lifeboat on 17 November, after the station's 26-strong crew requested to run an independent lifeboat service on their own.

Liam Krige, area lifesaving manager, said: 'We know that residents of Jersey want to see a fully restored lifesaving service around their coast.

"We are grateful to those who have offered their support to help make this happen. The next step will be to welcome the all-weather lifeboat back to the island and we are working hard so this can take place as soon as possible," he added.

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