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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


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The St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched at 20:37 local time on Saturday 19th April 2014 to assist a 24ft yacht with three people on board, which had lost its rudder approximately 6 miles South of the Hanois Lighthouse.

The Spirit of Guernsey reached the casualty at 21:04, and commenced towing the vessel to St Peter Port.

The Lifeboat and casualty arrived safely at St Peter Port at 22:46, with the Spirit of Guernsey back on station at 23:11

“Spirit of Guernsey” launched to search for a possible missing Kayaker

1510 A call was received from the local fishing boat, ”Genesis”, 200 metres out from Saints Bay ,that they had just located an up turned Fishing Kayak, it appeared that the kayak had been in the water for a short time. As there was no one with the kayak, an immediate search was commenced for a possible missing kayaker.

1515 Lifeboat Red

1527 Lifeboat pier-heads... proceeding to saints Bay area. St John`s Ambulance and Rescue Boat along with the Crossma Helicopter tasked to the area, Police and Marina Staff starting a shore search.

Mer Ci towed back to St Peter Port Harbour

At 1955 this evening (Monday 14th October 2014) Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the Jersey boat “Mer Ci” requesting assistance as he was broken down with one person onboard “North East of Sark”.

St Peter Port Lifeboat launched at 2024 and Channel Islands Airsearch launched at 2057 to search the area, as the casualty was unsure of his position.

At 2101 Channel Islands Airsearch found the Casualty approximately 2nm North of Sark and directed the Lifeboat to the position.

Men in the Water

At 0439 on the morning of Sunday 13th October, 2013, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from Guernsey Police requesting assistance from the Lifeboat.

Two men swimming off Belle Greve Bay on the east coast of “Guernsey” being reported in difficulties.

The St Peter Port Lifeboat departed St Peter Port at 0505 and stood by in the area, at 0521 the Lifeboat returned into St Peter Port after the Casualty’s had been helped ashore by the Police and St John’s Ambulance & Rescue Service.

Special Awards presented at Government House

The Lieutenant Governor - Air Marshal Peter Walker presented special awards at Government House last night (Tuesday 24th September 2013).

Pictured are (left to right)
Alf Solway - Official "Letter of Thanks"
Veronica Gould - Silver Badge
The Lieutenant Governor - Air Marshal Peter Walker, CB, CBE
Edward Fattorini - Gold Badge
Celia Allen - Gold Badge

Please click on image for a larger photo - picture by Brian Green

Special Awards presented at Government House

The Lieutenant Governor - Air Marshal Peter Walker presented special awards at Government House last night (Tuesday 24th September 2013).

Pictured are (left to right)
Alf Solway - Official "Letter of Thanks"
Veronica Gould - Silver Badge
The Lieutenant Governor - Air Marshal Peter Walker, CB, CBE
Edward Fattorini - Gold Badge
Celia Allen - Gold Badge

“Spirit of Guernsey” called to assist dismasted Trimaran 23mls South-west of Guernsey

The St Peter Port Lifeboat is presently “on- service” to assist a 30` trimaran that has become dis-masted and unable to proceed.
1302 The Lifeboat Crew was called.
1325 “Spirit of Guernsey “ left the Pierheads.
1450 On scene with the casualty.
1507 Tow established

The boat was dis-masted some 25nm South West of Guernsey.

The lifeboat towed the boat back to Guernsey where it was handed over to the St Peter Port Harbour marina staff

Swamped boat and missing people off Sark

2046 A call was received by mobile phone to Guernsey Coastguard, from two persons, sat on rocks, at the northern extremity of Sark ,( Beq Du Nez). They informed the Coastguard that their boat had been swamped, and that they had managed to swim to the rocks, but two other persons were unaccounted for.

This information initiated a substantial search.

2108 The “Spirit of Guernsey”, “Flying Christine III” and “Air Search One” were all tasked to search an area around the north of Sark.

2 call outs during a foggy evening

Tahini

At 2017hrs on Tuesday 3rd September 2013, Guernsey Coastguard received a Pan call from the local boat “Tahini” requesting assistance as he was lost in the fog returning from Herm.

The Life Boat had just returned from exercise and was launched to assist in finding the casualty; the Lifeboat departed at 2020hrs and found the “Tahini” off the Lower Heads at 2035hrs escorting them back to St Peter Port Harbour arriving at 2057hrs.

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