18th September 1973

Jersey lifeboat crew rescues stricken yacht

Jersey’s coastline is laced with treacherous rocks, which have caused many yachts to get into trouble over the years. In 1973, it was the turn of Bacchus, and its crew of six, who called on the lifeboat when rocks punched a hole in the side of their craft off La Sambue Rock, directly south east of Elizabeth Castle.

So dangerous was the rescue that the Coxwain, Michael Berry, was awarded a silver medal, and the RNLI inscribed its thanks to the rest of the crew on vellum.


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