During the interim period whilst the Sea Rescue Service is based at Jamestown Wharf, and while training takes place, the Harbour Master has granted the Service an exemption from the Harbour Ordinance regarding launching boats by crane with personnel onboard. This exemption also applies for exceptional conditions and during any emergency launching.
The current sea rescue training (13 July – 14 August) requires the crews to practice launching the boats by crane with two crew members in the boats. This provides crew members with the skills to launch when the ferry boat is not available, either due to the time of the launch or heavy seas.
Once the training period is complete it will be normal practice to launch the boats without crew members onboard and use the ferry boat to access the rescue boats in the water, apart from in the above-mentioned circumstances.
29 July 2015