October 3, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Dutch sailor taken to France without his boat

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A Dutch sailor whose boat became grounded on Raz Island managed to float it off the rocks and the man was given a lift to France.

The man’s vessel got stuck in a rocky gully at low tide on Saturday. The RNLI was called out and the Border Agency and the Harbour Office made contact with him.

At the next high tide the vessel was floated out and brought to the self-isolation moorings in the harbour for safety and further checks.

Dr Julie Hunt from the Island Medical Centre undertook a further health and safety check of the sailor.

Emergency travel exemption was arranged to allow Access Challenger to return the sailor to France without his boat while it underwent checks in the harbour.

The boat was subsequently found to be structurally sound and was not taking on any water.

The vessel will be lifted and stored by the Harbour Office until further arrangements have been made.

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