St John Rescue Service has been able to purchase two new chart plotters for their Inshore Rescue Boats thanks to a donation from RBC Wealth Management.
The two electronic navigational aids have replaced old equipment that had become run down. They have been installed in the two Inshore Rescue Boats which are on call 24 hours a day and are housed at the St John headquarters on the Rohais.
Andy Walford, Assistant Chief Officer of the St John Ambulance & Rescue Service said: ‘We get approximately 15 calls a year to rescue people trapped by rising tides, search for missing people and evacuate injured casualties from the base of cliffs, amongst other requirements. This can often mean working in rough sea conditions in the dark or in fog, so to have an up-to-date and fully functional navigational aid means we can plot a safe passage to where we need to go.
‘St John Rescue Service is funded entirely through donations and the Inshore Rescue Boats are crewed by highly-trained and experienced volunteers. To receive such a generous amount from RBC Wealth Management is an enormous help, and we are absolutely grateful for their support.’
Lisa Barnett from RBC Wealth Management’s Guernsey Leadership Team said: ‘Having agreed to sponsor the St John Ambulance Health Care Shop van last year, we are very familiar with the sterling work that this organization does in the local community. We are therefore delighted to be able to support the invaluable service offered by the Inshore Rescue Boats.’