Channel Island Air Search called out for missing raft

The Channel Islands Air Search has been involved in a hunt for a missing life raft off the coast of Jersey.

The crew of the Lions Pride searched a 30 sq-mile area after being called out at 1030 BST on Thursday at the request of the Jersey coastguard.

The life raft, which was still sealed in its outer casing, was spotted and smoke was dropped to help the Jersey pilot boat retrieve it from the water.

There were no casualties and the air search team returned to Guernsey.

Search director Jason Hobbs said conditions were rough with waves of 3 to 4m (10 to 13ft) but visibility was good.

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