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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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Picture by Brian Green

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St Peter Port Lifeboat night search

Wednesday 2nd September, 2015. The St Peter Port Lifeboat and Airsearch 1 were tasked late evening to search an area North of Roustel in the Little Russel after Guernsey Coastguard had received several red flare reports from members of the public.

The Spirit of Guernsey was tasked at 22:55 and searched an area extending to 2 miles north of the island. AirSearch 1 took off at 00:43 and took part in the search of the same area.

The search was called off at 02:00 after nothing was found.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 02:16, and AirSearch 1 at 02:32.

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Abandoned Clothing in Creux Harbour Prompts a Major Search and Rescue Operation

Monday, 24th August – A large Search and Rescue Operation was initiated following the discovery of two sets of clothing, shoes and cash on the quay of Creux Harbour in Sark.

St Peter Port Lifeboat, Flying Christine 3, Sarnia, Leopardess, a French SAR Helicopter and numerous local vessels, responding to a “Mayday Relay”, took part in a search of the sea around Sark. Sark Fire Service also organised a cliff-top search of the many bays and inlets around the island.

Ongoing inquiries during the operation, including appeals for information on local radio, identified that the clothing belonged to Jet-Skiers who had left the clothing in the harbour the previous evening and safely returned to Guernsey.SarkSearch

“The Spirit of Guernsey” Launched to assist” Belle Mare” a Dutch 12m Yacht

Sunday 5th July 2015. As the crew of “The Spirit of Guernsey” were completing the callout for the “Deux Haricots” it became apparent that a Dutch yacht, with 3 persons on board and 7mls North –West of Guernsey may require the assistance of the lifeboat. The yacht was becalmed and the yachts engine was unreliable. ”Belle Mare” was proceeding toward St Peter Port at a slow speed with the engine failing intermittently in discussion with the Lifeboat Crew; it was decided that it would be prudent to go to the yachts assistance and not risk problems later in the night when the yacht closed with the north coast of Guernsey when approaching the Little Russel.

0006 “The Spirit of Guernsey” pierheads out bound to assist “Belle Mare”

0037 Lifeboat alongside casualty establishing a tow.

0210 ETA of Lifeboat with the casualty vessel in tow. All persons involved-safe and well.

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Photo by Carl Bisson

“The Spirit of Guernsey” Launched to assist ”Deux Haricots” a local 21` Motor Cruiser

2203 on Saturday 4th July, 2015 a call was received by JESSC from “Trident 5” that a small cabin cruiser had departed from Herm harbour, in a cloud of black exhaust smoke, heading in the direction of St Peter Port. Unfortunately the cloud of exhaust smoke faded and the boat was observed to drift north in the tide through all the associated rocks off the north-west coast of Herm. A torch or other signalling device was being flashed towards the Trident 5, due to the proximity of the rocks and reef the Trident vessel was unable to go to the assistance of “Deux Haricots” Grave concern was raised for the safety of the seven persons on board. A decision was made to launch the Lifeboat to go to the vessels assistance.

2236 “The Spirit of Guernsey” pierheads proceeding to the casualty.

2258 Lifeboat alongside casualty establishing a tow.

2333 Lifeboat pierheads with the casualty vessel in tow. All persons involved-safe and well.

Unfortunately the local “safety at sea” message would appear not to be getting through to some target groups?