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Aid sent to stricken ship

Aid sent to stricken ship

Friday 15 November 2019

Aid sent to stricken ship

Friday 15 November 2019


The nine-strong crew on board a boat stuck in the Russell during the recent rough weather have been helped by some Guernsey hospitality.

The Red Cross shop on the Rohais and the Channel Islands Co-op have sent clothes, food and other supplies to the MV Jireh, which can currently be seen at anchor between St Peter Port Harbour and Jethou.

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Pictured: image from marinetraffic.com 

The Nigerian registered vessel is travelling from Norway to Dakar, but is believed to have been at anchor in the Russell since the morning of Wednesday 13 November, as the stormy weather blows through the Channel.

Guernsey Harbours said the crew were seeking shelter when they dropped anchor earlier this week.

“A vessel (MV Jireh) on a delivery voyage has sought shelter in the waters around the Channel Islands. Food and supplies donated by a local charity and a local business have been delivered to assist the crew whilst they wait for the weather to improve so that they can continue their journey.”

Express has confirmed the charity involved was the Red Cross.

Red Cross

Pictured: The Red Cross shop on the Rohais. 

Guernsey Red Cross shop manageress Caroline Edwards said her colleagues gathered up warm clothes to send to the nine men on board.

"We provided trousers and t-shirts, and probably jumpers too. Some basic clothing for the nine men, to keep them warm in this weather."

She said it was a slightly unusual request.

"No, it's not very often (we respond to queries like this). When we do get requests for help for people in crisis it's generally for local people in crisis but we can't have men out there without food and water and clothes."

Co op St Martins

Pictured: The Co-op Grande Marche in St Martin's. 

The Channel Islands Co-operative's Head of Retail Operations, Kenny McDonald, said they were pleased to work with the charity to help the stricken crew. 

“We were approached by the Red Cross Guernsey Branch for aid for a nine man crew, who were unable to dock in Guernsey’s harbour due to the recent poor weather.

"We responded to the plea and were able to provide the Red Cross with some supplies which they were able to pass on to the crew, to support them whilst they weathered the storm.”

Pictured top: Main image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay.

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