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UK Royal Navy vessels are patrolling waters around Jersey, amid concerns of a possible blockade of the largest of the Channel Islands, due to an ongoing row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights.

HMS Severn and HMS Tamar have been deployed to "monitor the situation", at the Channel Island, as reports suggest as many as 100 French fishing vessels could protest at the Port of St Helier over the lack of access.

French maritime minister Annick Girardin warned on Tuesday that the country was ready to take "retaliatory measures", accusing Jersey of dragging its feet over issuing new licences to French boats.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator John Le Fondre, and Minister of External Affairs Ian Gorst yesterday and "underlined his unwavering support" for the island.

Paris has warned it could cut off power to the island, which receives 95% of its electricity from France through three undersea cables, in retaliation to the fall out.

For further reading, reports RTE News.

Published in Fishing

#RNLI - In what seems like a perfect match of skills, BBC News reports on a group of five surfers from Jersey who are being trained as lifeguards by the RNLI.

The surfers have graduated from voluntary beach patrols to learning about hazard awareness, accident prevention, first aid and open water rescue skills, according to RNLI lifeguard supervisor Rob Stuteley.

It's hoped that the scheme will "play a big part in encouraging more local people to sign up to join the RNLI lifeguard team for 2013".

And maybe it will provide some inspiration for surfers and lifesavers around the Irish coast, too!

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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#SURFING - Irish surfer Conor Maguire is one of the four new waveriders from the UK and Ireland to become part of the Northcore stable. In the vid below Maguire is mentioned at 2 minutes 11 seconds.

The Bundoran resident joins Sandy Kerr of Tynemouth, England, Craig Burrows of south Wales and Jersey's Charlotte Bayliss on the team heading into 2012.

The young surfer is already making a name for himself on the heavy waves of Ireland's northwest coast like the Peak, and regularly paddling into the meanest of Ireland's slabs such as Rileys.

Maguire is also starting to charge in the big swells, learning the tow-in craft from some of Ireland's most experienced big wave crews, including Northcore ambassador Richie Fitzgerald.

A Northcore spokesperson said of the recent additions: "Between them there's a huge amount of experience, style and skill. All of the riders are representing the very best of surfing talent from their respective home locations and all have achieved respect and recognition on a national scale."

Published in Surfing

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