Six men injured when boat hits rocks off Guernsey

A major rescue operation took place on Friday after a 27ft motorboat crashed into rocks outside St Sampson's Harbour in Guernsey

A group of men had to be rescued on Friday after their 27ft motorboat hit rocks off Guernsey.

The boat, Mon Ami, was returning to harbour at around 11pm on Friday after visiting Herm when it slammed into the beach below Vale Castle, near Black Rock, outside St Sampson’s Harbour, tearing the propeller off one of its outboard engines and damaging its hull.

The inshore rescue boat, three ambulances and seven firefighters rushed to the scene, but by the time they arrived two of the seven men aboard the boat had managed to wade ashore. The remaining casualties were ferried to the slipway next to the South Side clock tower – some being carried on spinal boards – and Guernsey Fire and Rescue officers had to use props and blocks to stabilise the boat on the rocky surface.

All those aboard Mon Ami were taken to hospital where several were treated for fractured limbs and facial injuries, but all have since been discharged.

The boat was travelling “at some considerable speed”, according John Le Page, station officer for Guernsey Ambulance and Rescue Service, and an investigation into the incident, which occurred just an hour after high water, has been launched by the harbourmaster.

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