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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


"Fancy Free" taking on water

At 0040 on 4th July 2014, Guernsey Coastguard received a 999 call from the local vessel “Fancy Free” saying he was taking water after hitting rocks on the way back from “Sark” and unsure of his position.

The St Peter Port relief Lifeboat the “Daniel L Gibson departed St Peter Port at 0102 and found the casualty approximately 1/2nm East of Sark with 2 people on board at 0126.

The Lifeboat returned into St Peter Port with the casualty arriving at 0158.

Jeanie 3

Sunday 29th June 2014

1827 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard that the 27` yacht” Genie 3” had suffered engine failure was becalmed and drifting close to rocks north of Herm,
1835 As initially, no-one responded to the request to go to the stricken vessels assistance the Lifeboat was tasked to assist the yacht.
1853 Lifeboat pier-heads, proceeding to casualty.
1907 Lifeboat on scene, establishing a tow. Local boat “Sea Monkey “assisting
2005 Lifeboat back in St Peter Port with the “Genie 3” in tow.
2040 Lifeboat refuelled and back on station

A "trio" of calls

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was in action for the third time in less than 24 hours, when Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the yacht “Trio” which was 27 miles South West of Guernsey, that they had lost all power and were becalmed.

As no other vessel was able to assist, the Relief Lifeboat Daniel L Gibson was launched to assist at 22:07 on Thursday 19th June 2014. The lifeboat was on scene at 23:16, established a tow and was safely back in St Peter Port at 02:07.

Taoro fouled propellor

The relief St Peter Port Lifeboat the Daniel L Gibson was launched at 13:22 local time on Thursday 19th June 2014 at the request of St John’s Ambulance and Rescue, to Medivac a 60 year old female from Sark.

The lifeboat was safely back at 14:11, and the casualty was transferred to hospital.

1961 photo of lifeboat exercise

We have been supplied with a most interesting old photo.

It is the RNLB Lloyds off St Peter Port harbour in an exercise with the Guernsey Life Boat and a RN helicopter on 24 June 1961 (photo taken by John "Eric" McDermott). I believe RNLB Lloyds was the Jersey relief lifeboat at the time.

Kindly provided by Richard McDermott

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Early call for relief lifeboat

The relief lifeboat "Daniel L Gibson" arrived in Guernsey yesterday and within 90 mins was called out for a medivac from Herm.

7th June 2014

Eau One

The St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched for the third time in a little over 24 hours after Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the wife of a pleasure boater, who had suffered a loss of all electrical and mechanical power.

The 7m Rib "Eau One" was drifting one mile off Petit Bot on the South coast, with 2 adults and 2 children onboard.

The Lifeboat reached the casualty at 12:05 on Saturday 31st May 2014, and towed the Eau One to St Peter Port, arriving safely back at 12:40.

Liberator

The lifeboat” Spirit of Guernsey” was launched at 00:21 om Saturday 31st May 2014, after a call was received by Guernsey Coastguard that the “Liberator” a 23’ Falcon Weekender with 3 adults and 1 eight year old child on board, had broken down 1 mile North of Sark.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 00:42 and established a tow, arriving back at St Peter Port at 01:35.

Local fishing vessel Discovery

The St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched to assist the local fishing vessel Discovery, after it fouled it’s propeller in the shipping lanes approximately 28 miles North West of Platte Fougere lighthouse.

Guernsey Coastguard received the call at 09:47 on Friday 30th May 2014 and the lifeboat departed at 10:08, arriving alongside the casualty at 11:41.

A tow was established, and the lifeboat commenced the tow back at 11:46. Arriving back at St Peter Port at 15:15

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