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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


“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.

Guernsey Yacht “Majic” suffers steering problems

At 1806 on Saturday 16th August 2014, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the Guernsey Yacht “Majic” with (4) crew on board requesting assistance. The yacht reported steering problems and was unable to proceed.

The relief St Peter Port Lifeboat, the "Daniel L Gibson" departed St Peter Port at 1908 and found the casualty 2nm East of St Martins point at 1929, the Lifeboat managed to connect a tow rope to the casualty at 1942, then towed the yacht back to St Peter Port harbour arriving at 2028.

Belgium yacht “Eos 2”

At 2128 on Wednesday 13th August 2014, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the Belgium yacht “Eos 2”drifting in the Little Russel with no engine, and two people on board.

The St Peter Port Lifeboat departed St Peter Port at 2239 and found the casualty of St Sampson harbour at 2253, the Lifeboat returned to St Peter Port with the casualty in tow arriving at 2315.

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist persons stuck on Rocks

1508 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the Ambulance and Rescue Centre on Sunday 11th August 2014, requesting assistance in locating two persons cut off by the tide on rocks close to Petit Port. As at present Airsearch is unavailable and it was considered too rough to launch an ILB, the “Daniel L Gibson” was tasked to locate the two stranded persons.

1553 Lifeboat Yellow

1611 Lifeboat pier heads outbound.

1624 Lifeboat on scene, casualties located, crew directing Cliff Rescue Team to casualties’ location.

36 foot yacht “Schull”

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched at 21:55 last night (Wednesday 30th July 2014) to go to the assistance of the 36 foot yacht “Schull”

The vessel had suffered complete engine failure and had become becalmed.

As there were no vessels in the area able to assist the decision was made to send the Lifeboat to tow the yacht to St Peter Port.

The Daniel L Gibson arrived safely back with the casualty at 23:35.

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