Whole Jersey lifeboat crew resigns over sacking of coxswain
All 25 members of a lifeboat crew have resigned in protest at the sacking of their coxswain.
Volunteers at St Helier Lifeboat Station in Jersey have walked out amid claims Andy Hibbs was "bullied" by senior management at the RNLI.
The RNLI said it asked Mr Hibbs to stand down "due to breaches of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct".
The BBC has approached the RNLI for a response on the bullying claims.
Mr Hibbs said he thought the organisation was breaking Jersey's laws and said he is "humbled" by the support of his crew.
Officials from the RNLI met the crew on Thursday evening after complaints were made against Mr Hibbs, the BBC understands.
Mr Hibbs said: "I was sacked pretty much. The whole thing was just a joke.
"I was being bullied by senior management in the RNLI and I refused to accept it."
A statement from the RNLI said the situation was a "confidential process".
It said: "The RNLI has asked one volunteer at St Helier lifeboat station to stand down with immediate effect.
"Other volunteers have chosen to step down, which has forced the RNLI to declare the St Helier lifeboats off service temporarily.
"The RNLI has a duty of care to our volunteers and those we rescue, and must provide a safe and effective lifesaving service.
"We understand the impact of standing down volunteers and we do not take such decisions lightly."
The St Helier lifeboat should be back in service in a few days, the RNLI said.
Jersey will have lifeboat cover from the other Channel Islands stations - St Catherine's, St Peter Port and Alderney.
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