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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 at speed - photo by Tony Rive

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.

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“Spirit of Guernsey” responded to Jetski broken down, 2 persons on board on the west coast of Guernsey

1919 A call was overheard by Guernsey Coastguard from a Jet-ski, on the west coast requesting a  tow as the Jet ski had a flat battery and was therefore unable to proceed.

1920 An “ All Ships “ broadcast was unsuccessful, as no other vessels were in the area able to assist the disabled Jetski.

1935 Lifeboat  Yellow.  “Spirit of Guernsey” tasked to assist the broken down vessel

1955 “ Spirit of Guernsey” passing Pierheads heading north. Eta on scene 2030

2007 Casualty has drifted rapidly in the tide and is now off Port Soif and has eyes on the Lifeboat.

2016  “Spirit of Guernsey“ alongside casualty, casualties on board, retrieving the Jetski.

2030 Lifeboat returning to St Peter Port.  All accounted for and safe.

2047 “ Spirit of Guernsey” Pierheads . Casualty vessel being off loaded.

2153 Lifeboat back on station.

This incident had a good conclusion as the Casualty Vessel was carrying a good VHF and was therefore able to communicate efficiently with the Emergency Services.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16 The Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey about to moor alongside number 1 Ro-Ro Ramp in St Peter Port after picking up two Male Jet Skier's and their Jetski from Portinfer after their Battery had failed.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16
The Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey about to moor alongside number 1 Ro-Ro Ramp in St Peter Port after picking up two Male Jet Skier’s and their Jetski from Portinfer after their battery had failed.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey about to mmor alongside number 1 Ro-Ro Ramp after bringing two Male Jetskier's back to St Peter Port with their Jetski on the Lifeboats Stern. The Lifeboat Crew picked up the two Males and their Jetski in Portinfer this evening after their Jetski's Battery had failed. The two men had all the right equipment but needed help as they couldn't make their own way ashore. Lifeboat Operation's Manager Peter Gill can be seen stood on the Ro-Ro Bamp waiting to take the Lifeboats Mooring Lines and meeting the two Men the Lifeboat Crew had just bought back to St Peter Port.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16
Lifeboat Operation’s Manager Peter Gill can be seen stood on the Ro-Ro ramp waiting to take the Lifeboats Mooring Lines and meeting the two men the Lifeboat Crew had just bought back to St Peter Port.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16 Four of Guernsey's Lifeboat Crew waiting on the stern of Spirit of Guernsey for the Twin Man Jetski to be craned off the Lifeboat.

Pic by Tony Rive 21-07-16
Four of Guernsey’s Lifeboat Crew waiting on the stern of Spirit of Guernsey for the Twin Man Jetski to be craned off the Lifeboat.

Award presentation to Alf Solway

Mr Alf Solway has been an ardent and committed supporter of the RNLI in Guernsey for a number of years and has now raised over £30,500 towards provision of lifeboat facilities in Guernsey.  In recognition of his outstanding and ongoing efforts, a presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday evening at the St. Peter Port Lifeboat Station, at which members of his family, the crew of “The Spirit of Guernsey”, the lifeboat management team and fundraisers were on hand to thank him for his outstanding commitment.  The Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas presented Mr. Solway with a plaque, a picture certificate and a St Peter Port lifeboat mug.

Celia Allen MBE, chair of the fundraising Guild said that Alf is, by any measure, a top fundraiser.  She also thanked Mrs. Jenny Ridley for providing a fine buffet. One crew member commented,”Without doubt, the chocolate cake alone will keep the crew sustained for some time”.  Buz White, coxswain, said “Alf is treasured by the crew for his effort and commitment. He can always be relied upon to help us help others.”

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16 Guernsey's Bailiff Sir Richard Collas presenting Guernsey' Top Lifeboat (Top Box) Fundraiser Alf Solway a Plaque from the RNLI and Guernsey's Lifeboat Station after year of him raising funds for our local Station totalling £31,500. Alf raises Donation's aiding people with various Aches and Pains but never charges for his services, only asking for donation's to Guernsey Lifeboat Station.

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16
Guernsey’s Bailiff Sir Richard Collas presenting Guernsey’ Top Lifeboat Fundraiser Alf Solway a Plaque from the RNLI and Guernsey’s Lifeboat Station

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16 A Plaque presemted to Alf Solway by the National RNLI and the Guernsey Lifeboat Station Crew and Lifeboat Guild.

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16
The plaque presented to Alf Solway

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16 A Card made up for Guernsey's Top Fund Raise Alf Solway to accompany a Plaque presented to him by Guernsey's Bailiff Richard Collas from the National RNLI and Guernsey's Lifeboat Volunteers. Alf was also given a Mug and 1 0f Two new Postcards which have just been Printed for the Guernsey Station using two of my pictures.

Pic by Tony Rive 20-07-16
A Card made up for Guernsey’s Top fundraiser Alf Solway to accompany a Plaque presented to him by Guernsey’s Bailiff Sir Richard Collas from the National RNLI and Guernsey’s Lifeboat Volunteers. Alf was also given a mug and 1 of 2 new Postcards which have just been printed for the Guernsey Station using two of my pictures.

Shooting Star

Air Search 1 and the St Peter Port Lifeboat were called out this evening to search for a Jersey registered vessel “Shooting Star” which had left Sark earlier in the afternoon.  Jersey Coastguard had picked up the spoken word Mayday, but had difficulty establishing VHF communications with the vessel.  At 20:09 Jersey contacted Guernsey Coastguard and advised them that they had made contact via mobile phone, and that the vessel was South of Alderney.

Due to the differing positions given by Shooting Star to Guernsey Coastguard after they had made contact via mobile phone, and being informed that the vessel was low on fuel, the decision was made to launch the rescue services.

Air Search 1 made contact with the casualty at 21:43, South East of Jethou and the Lifeboat was alongside the vessel at 21:54.

The Spirit of Guernsey escorted the Shooting Star to St Peter Port and was back on station at 22:07.

Photo from Air Search 1

Photo from Air Search 1

Friends of the St Peter Port Lifeboat Lottery

The Friends of the St Peter Port Lifeboat Lottery had its first draw and the July winner is ticket number 22.

If you would like to have the opportunity to win up to £100 and at the same time, support the St Peter Port lifeboat and crew, please complete the form which can be downloaded using the following link http://www.rnli.org.gg/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/StPeterPortLifeboat100ClubLeafletSingeSided.pdf