Last Chance To Sign Lifeboat Petition

12th January 2018
Islanders have one last chance to sign a petition backing an independent lifeboat service.
Campaigners will be on King Street tomorrow for anyone who still wants to add their name.
The petitions are being collected and presented to the States next week by Senator Sarah Ferguson.
The Jersey Lifeboats Committee says it has around 7,000 signatures.

Committee member John Baker says there has been strong support:
“We’re expecting a total of around 7,000 – and I have to say we hoped we’d have more; but since we’ve found out there’s going to be quite a long procedure before we can put it to the States, we’ve had to pull the petition sooner than we’d hoped, and of course the bad weather recently hasn’t meant we can get out and about.”
He says thousands of pounds has been pledged already.  One the group is registered as a charity – possibly at the end of next week – it will be able to start accepting donations.
Testing is due on an all-weather lifeboat that the Committee is hoping buy.  It will be crewed by the former volunteers of the St Helier lifeboat station.
They were stood down by the RNLI in November following an acrimonious row about the treatment of ex-Coxswain Andy Hibbs.
The RNLI is currently training new volunteers to restore the island’s all-weather lifeboat service by the Spring.  The St Helier inshore lifeboat is being operated by existing volunteers and local firefighters.
JILS will be outside Jack Wills on King Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday.
Islanders who have printed their own petitions need to bring them into Hallmark on King Street, or the Fresh Fish Company on Victoria Pier before the end of the day.

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