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.


Picture by Brian Green

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“Spirit of Guernsey” responded to a Mayday Call from “ Defiance ”, a locally registered Fishing Vessel

0212 A Mayday Call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from “Defiance” that she was taking on water and required immediate assistance. The vessel was in a position 1.5 mls. South East of St Peter Port Harbour, engaged in trawling. 3 crew on –board.  WX:– NNW 15-20 knts. Moderate sea + swell

0213 Lifeboat Red ”Spirit of Guernsey” was called to go to the vessels assistance.

0216 A call was received from the skipper of “Defiance” informing Guernsey Coastguard that the Mayday call was a false alarm as the problem on board had been resolved, that the vessel was being pumped out, and that everything was under control.

0218 A decision was made by the Duty SAR Coordinator that the Lifeboat would proceed to escort the vessel into Port to ensure that the vessel was actually in a stable condition and that everyone was safe..

0238 St Peter Port Lifeboat Pierheads heading towards “Defiance” and escorting vessel back into St Peter Port.

0241 Both vessels safely  back in St Peter Port.  Duty Harbour Master will speak with the skipper of “Defiance” to understand how this Mayday call was allowed to be made, and review procedures on the fishing vessel as this is the third call this year form “Defiance” needing assistance from the Rescue Services.

Midnight Star

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched during the evening of Sunday 22nd November, 2015 at 17:21 to go to the assistance of a 24’ cabin cruiser with two persons on board.  The Midnight Star had broken down West of Herm harbour.  As no vessels able to assist were in the area, the Spirit of Guernsey was tasked to assist.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 17:42, and arrived back with the Morning Star in tow at 18:00.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 18:07.

Fishing Vessel “Defiance”

The St Peter Port Lifeboat went to the aid of the Fishing Vessel “Defiance” last evening after they lost all mechanical and electrical power, while fishing South of Sark.

The Lifeboat departed St Peter Port at 22:26 and was alongside the casualty at 22:48. A tow was established and the Spirit of Guernsey and Defiance arrived back at 01:08

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 01:31