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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“St Peter Port Lifeboat” launched to assist “Hiva Opa”

At 1943 on Sunday 4th March 2018, Guernsey Coastguard received a Mayday relay call from the French coastguard station Cross-ma that a 7m French vessel was in distress approximately 7nm north of Guernsey.  

The Spirit of Guernsey launched at 2015 and found the casualty with 1 person and 1 dog on-board at 2040, the vessel had experienced a complete loss of power.

One of Lifeboat crew was placed on-board the Hiva Opa to help with attaching a towline to the casualty, the lifeboat then returned to St Peter Port with the vessel in tow arriving at 23:46hrs where it was met by St. John ambulance staff and after refuelling, was back on station by 0020. hrs.

Pic by Tony Rive 04-03-18
The St Peter Port Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey arriving alongside the Inter Island Quay Pontoon after towing in the 7 metre French Yacht Hiva Opa

Pic by Tony Rive 04-03-18

Pic by Tony Rive 04-03-18

Pic by Tony Rive 04-03-28

AIS tracking courtesy of Digimap Ltd


The St Peter Port Lifeboat was tasked to go to the assistance of a 15m sloop, at the request of the French Coastguard X-Mar Jobourg, at 14:56.  The ARZ which was being delivered to Dunkirk, suffered a fouled propeller approximately … Continue reading