The five crew on board had a miraculous escape when they were forced to land in a field in woodland near Devils Hole, St Mary. The plane got into difficulties during 60 m.p.h. gusts whilst searching for two Jersey fishermen, who were later found on Les Ecrehous reef, cold and suffering from Hypothermia, but safe, and are expected to make a full recovery. The storm last evening was almost as bad as the one the previous weekend. Tributes are being paid to the skill of the pilot and the outcome could have been quite serious. However seven people are still with us and this incident shows how much we rely on the emergency services in all of the Channel Islands. Staff at The Priory Inn were amazed when they realised what had happened so close to the pub in near darkness last evening.
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Post by Secretary J.B.B.L. on Nov 4, 2013 22:56:56 GMT
Typical 'Jerseyman' the pilot must have been, as apparently he used the Priory pub lights for guidance to land. Without the pub lights the plane wouldn't have landed 'on land' but out at sea due to the sparsely populated area!