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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“The Spirit Of Guernsey ” tasked  to assist a 8m Local Rib 3 miles West of Little  Sark

1830, Saturday 20th October 2018. A call was received from “Plaything” a local rib that they had broken down and was unable to proceed and requested assistance. The fact that the casualty was unsure of their position due to several factors did not help in the rescue of this broken down vessel.

 Guernsey Coastguard put out an “all ships call” asking for assistance for the disabled vessel.

As there were no available vessels to go to the assistance of the Rib  “The Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to the Rib`s assistance- with a brief to search an area to the west of Sark

1843 Lifeboat Red

1858 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for the search area

1909 Lifeboat alongside casualty – connecting a tow.

1945 Lifeboat expected back in St Peter Port –with the casualty in tow.

EPIRB distress signal

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was tasked to search an area South of St Martins Point during the evening of Sunday 14th October 2018 after an EPIRB distress signal was received indicating a vessel in distress in that area.  The Spirit of Guernsey was launched at 17:11 and searched the area with assistance from the local fishing vessel “Sarah P”.  With nothing being found, both vessels were stood down.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 17:20.

Pic by Tony Rive 14-10-18
Guernsey Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey heading back to St Peter Port Harbour following a report of a signal from an EPIRB being transmitted off the South Coast of Guernsey