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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Boat sinks north of Roustel – 4 saved

At 17:50 local time on Friday 25th September 2015, 999 calls were received from members of the public that a vessel appeared to have sunk a mile off Bordeaux. The St Peter Port Lifeboat which was on exercise off the East coast of Herm was immediately tasked to the area.

Arriving on scene at 18:06 the tip of a mast was visible just North of Roustel Beacon. The lifeboat searched an area approximately 1 mile North of Roustel, and picked up 4 survivors, 2 men and 2 women.Boat sinks North of Roustel

The Spirit of Guernsey arrived back in St Peter port at 18:27, where the casualties were taken to hospital by the SJARS.

“St Peter Port Lifeboat” launched to assist F/V Defiance

At 13:30 on Thursday 19th September 2015,  Guernsey Coastguard received a pan call from the local fishing vessel Defiance approximately 9nm North East of Guernsey with a rope around the propeller, the “Spirit of Guernsey” departed St Peter Port at 13:55 and found the casualty at 14:29 with (3) crew on board.

After attaching a towline to the casualty the Lifeboat returned to St Peter Port at 15:55 with the Defiance in tow.

Pic by Tony Rive 17-09-15 Guernsey's Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing the local Fishing boat Defiance south down the Little Russel heading for St Peter Port harbour. The 40ft Aqua-Star Trawler built in Ireland got a Rope wrapped around its Propellor as it steamed north towards the Casquete's Fishing Grounds

Pic by Tony Rive 17-09-15
Guernsey’s Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing the local Fishing boat Defiance south down the Little Russel heading for St Peter Port harbour. The 40ft Aqua-Star Trawler built in Ireland got a Rope wrapped around its Propellor as it steamed north towards the Casquete’s Fishing Grounds


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Busy day for the St Peter Port lifeboat crew

Saturday 12th September was a very busy day for the St Peter Port lifeboat crew.

In the morning, whilst en route to an exercise with Royal Navy Helicopter “Navy 816”, the St. Peter Port lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was requested to investigate the Saints Bay area.


A quantity of debris, thought to be that of a local boat, was found in a small rocky cove to the East of Saints Bay. This was duly reported to Guernsey Coastguard and the Lifeboat was released to continue with it exercise at 10:30.

RNLI Crews exercise routinely with United Kingdom MOD helicopter assets to ensure competence and familiarity with such activities.









In the afternoon the St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched to assist yacht “Watanga” to the north of Herm. Watanga’s Skipper had suffered a dislocated hip, the yacht’s other crew member was unable to sail the vessel to St Peter Port and the engine had failed.

Local fishing vessel “Hayley B” took the yacht under tow whilst “Spirit of Guernsey” delivered two SJARS Paramedics to the yacht. The Lifeboat escorted “Watanga” and “Haley B” back to St Peter Port where the injured person was transferred to The Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

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.


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