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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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“The Spirit Of Guernsey ” tasked  to assist “Maluel” 3.5 miles South East of Sark

Monday 5th November, 2018

0152 A call was received from “Maluel ” (via Crossma Joburg) that a 40` French racing yacht had become entangled in fishing gear and were unable to proceed and requested assistance.

 As there were no available vessels to go to the assistance of the yacht, “The Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to the yachts assistance- with a brief to release the vessel and tow “ Maluel “to St Peter Port if necessary

0156 Lifeboat yellow

0221 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for the search casualty

0247 Lifeboat alongside casualty – working on releasing the casualty vessel.

0300 The lifeboat manages to free the yacht, steering and engine tested .. all Ok

0307 “Maluel “resuming passage to Cherbourg, “The Spirit of Guernsey “returning to St Peter Port.

0326 “The Spirit of Guernsey “ arrives back in  St Peter Port.

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Stranded Holidaymakers prompts the launch of St Peter Port Lifeboat

At 1610 on Friday 26th October, St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched to rescue 5 stranded holidaymakers on the south coast of Guernsey. The visitors had been attempting to walk from Moulin Huet to Petit Port when they got cut off by the tide. Concerned about the rising sea level and the impending darkness, Guernsey Coastguard was called for assistance.

St Peter Port Lifeboat arrived on scene at 1626 and launched its inshore rescue craft in order to get close enough to the cliff base to effect a rescue. All of the party were safely recovered to the lifeboat suffering no injuries. The lifeboat returned to St Peter Port at 1645.

SAR Coordinator James Way said “this successful rescue was swiftly and safely conducted by the crew of St Peter Port Lifeboat but the situation could have been much different. Walking from beach to beach along the south coast can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended as tide, weather and light conditions can change and deteriorate very quickly”.

Photo by Linden Galsworthy

“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

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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