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Welcome to the official web site for the St Peter Port lifeboat!

The Guernsey lifeboat station is one of only four in the Channel Islands. Operating for over 200 years, the crews of the Guernsey lifeboats have been honoured with several awards for gallantry.

Spirit of Guernsey
Spirit of Guernsey battling the waves on Guernsey's south coast - picture by Jonathan Le Ray

The first Lifeboat Station on Guernsey was established at St Sampsons in 1803 following representation to the then States of Guernsey by the Douzaine (local parish council) of St Peter Port. The Station was taken over by the RNLI in 1861 and subsequently moved to St Peter Port, where it is presently based, in 1881.

The Station has seen a variety of lifeboats over the years and the current lifeboat is the Severn class 'Spirit of Guernsey'. The Island has always been proud to support the Lifeboat Station and crews; in 1973 a special appeal raised a considerable sum towards the cost of the Arun Class "Sir William Arnold".

Twenty years later an appeal was launched to raise £1 million to support the building of "Spirit of Guernsey". Thanks to the generosity of friends in Guernsey, Sark, Herm and further afield, the target was achieved within one year.

The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations.


Guernsey's safety and official fleet

Records show that the Guernsey Lifeboats have been launched over 1,330 times and saved almost 600 lives. Guernsey can be extremely proud of the many Coxswains and crew who have accumulated a most impressive number of RNLI gallantry awards with no less than 2 Gold Medals, 8 Silver Medals and 15 Bronze Medals being awarded since 1861. There were also 6 Silver Medals awarded before the RNLI took over the Station. In addition, the bravery and skill of local crews have been recognised by several foreign Governments with awards from France, Norway, Greece and Liberia. This show of bravery is almost unparalleled by any other RNLI Station in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Picture by Brian Green

Registered Charity Number 209603 - for the Official RNLI web site, please visit www.rnli.org.uk


Jersey Ski Boat in 2nd incident

Tuesday 16th September 2014

The St Peter Port lifeboat was called into service twice more this evening. The first was for the medivac of a patient from Herm to Guernsey at 16:50 and the second to search for a broken down ski-boat between Guernsey and Jersey.

The 5.5 metre jersey registered ski-boat was found by the Daniel L Gibson at 18:37 and established a tow. The lifeboat then proceeded towards Jersey where the St Helier Lifeboat took over the tow and proceeded to Jersey with the two crew members on board.

Wavedancer

Tuesday 16th September, 2014

The relief St Peter Port lifeboat was called to the aid of the 11 metre vessel ”Wavedancer” after it called Guernsey Coastguard for assistance.

The Jersey registered motor cruiser with two persons on board had picked up some floating rope in both propellers, which completely disabled the vessel.

The Daniel L Gibson left St Peter Port at 14:03 Local Time and arrived safely back with the casualty in tow at 16:20

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist 5.5m Jersey, Ski-boat

On Friday 12th September at 1952, a call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the Sark Harbour Master's rib that they were out searching for a Jersey registered 5.5m Ski boat that had contacted the Sark Authorities stating they had broken down just east of Sark. The vessel the Sark crew were looking for had set off from Jersey at 1300. The Jersey vessel had no flares, no radio, and no navigation equipment and was unable to confirm their position. The only method of communication was by mobile phone.

40ft Fairline

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was called out at 18:25 on Friday 12th September to go to the aid of a twin engine 40 foot Fairline which was approximately 5 miles East North East of Platte Fougere. The vessel had suffered failure of one engine and was experiencing difficulties with steering.

The Daniel L Gibson was alongside the casualty at 18:58 where it established a tow and was safely back in St Peter Port at 19:45.

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist French 7m Merryfisher "Thiody"

Friday 29th August 2014

2035 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the Crossma that a small French cruiser was unable to proceed. The French vessel was disabled, with a rope around the propeller, 5 miles south of St Martins Point. As no other vessels were in the area, Relief Lifeboat “Daniel L Gibson “was tasked to assist and tow the vessel back to St Peter Port.

2041 Lifeboat Yellow

2100 Lifeboat pier heads outbound.

2120 Lifeboat on scene, establishing a tow.

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist “MSC Opera” (Medevac)

Saturday 30th August 2014

A request was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the Cruise Ship MSC “Opera” that she had a severely ill passenger that required transferring to the local Hospital, once the vessel had anchored in the Little Russell, just off St Peter Port. Unfortunately the “Flying Christine lll” remains off service so the Lifeboat was tasked to carry out the Medevac taking two St Johns Ambulance Paramedics with them.

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist “Gina Louise” GU110

Sunday 24th August 2014

0155 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the local fishing boat “Gina Louise” that she had suffered a hydraulic failure and was unable to proceed. The fishing vessel was fishing just outside St Peter Port on the Great Bank. As no other vessels were in the area, Relief Lifeboat “Daniel L Gibson “was tasked to assist and tow the vessel back to St Peter Port.

0155 Lifeboat Yellow

0220 Lifeboat pier heads outbound.

0230 Lifeboat on scene, establishing a tow.

French Yacht "Douz" hits rocks off Herm

The relief lifeboat Daniel L Gibson was launched at 13:45 on Friday 22nd August 2014 to go to the aid of a French yacht with 5 crew on board which had struck rocks off the East coast of Herm.

The lifeboat was alongside the ”Douz” at 13:59 and put 2 crew aboard with salvage pumps.

Four of the yacht’s crew were transferred to the lifeboat and when the water ingress was under control a tow was established.

The lifeboat arrived back at St Peter Port with the casualty at 15:20 where it was craned out of the water onto the top of the old lifeboat slip for assessment.

Engine failure on french yacht

The relief lifeboat Daniel L Gibson was called out at 05:10 local time on Thursday 21st August 2014, to go to the assistance of a French yacht which had engine failure at the top of the Little Russel. As conditions were calm and the vessel was unable to sail, and no other vessel was able to offer assistance, the lifeboat was tasked.

The Daniel L Gibson returned with the casualty in tow and arrived safely back at St Peter Port at 06:00, and was back on station at 06:10.

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