High speed ferry collision south of Jersey
Had my marine vhf receiver on at work at 7.30 this morning, listening to the CG weather forecast, when it got interrupted by a mayday from Condor Vitesse. She reported colliding with a fishing vessel just to the east of the Minquers reef while on passage from St. Malo to Jersey.
Persons were reported in the water and the only other vessel in the area was another fishing boat that was 30 mins away. So I jumped in the car and headed for my boat in case I could help but after sitting in the rush hour traffic for ages, the Vitesse's tender had picked up 2 persons and the fishing boat had the third.
I started making my way down to the casualty anyway with viz at about 1mile but half way there with about 7 or 8 miles to run I hit a bank of thick fog where viz was 20metres so rather than become another casualty I headed back to the harbour.
The 3rd person was in the water for quite a while, maybe half hour, sounds like he's in a bad way. There was a french helicopter on scene to lift him to hospital but the weather made that impossible so St Helier lifeboat brought him back to Jersey, arriving 45 mins ago. Condor Vitesse just arriving in St. Helier now.
Cue large amounts of paper work...