Tuesday 13 December 2022
Recent events in Jersey
Sir, thank you for the opportunity to make this statement.
While we enjoy a healthy and friendly sporting rivalry with Jersey, we stand very much as one Channel Islands community during times of pain and hardship. The two tragedies in Jersey during the last week have been felt across the islands and on behalf of the States of Guernsey and all islanders, I'd like to express our deep sorrow for all those in our sister isle who have been affected.
Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the fishermen missing following the collision at sea on Thursday. Such a tragedy would have been enough to rock any community to its core but for it to be followed by Saturday's devastating explosion is almost unthinkable. The thoughts of all Guernsey people are with the Jersey community at this very sad time. We are thinking particularly of those who have lost loved ones, those who are injured and the emergency services working tirelessly to help their community.
We have been in contact with colleagues in Jersey to offer practical support in any way that would help. This offer stands today, tomorrow or in the coming days and weeks. I know that Guernsey Police has already sent officers to help where they can.
I just want to finish by saying, to the people of Jersey, we stand with you.