“Spirit of Guernsey” responded to a Mayday Call from “ Defiance ”, a locally registered Fishing Vessel

0212 A Mayday Call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from “Defiance” that she was taking on water and required immediate assistance. The vessel was in a position 1.5 mls. South East of St Peter Port Harbour, engaged in trawling. 3 crew on –board.  WX:– NNW 15-20 knts. Moderate sea + swell

0213 Lifeboat Red ”Spirit of Guernsey” was called to go to the vessels assistance.

0216 A call was received from the skipper of “Defiance” informing Guernsey Coastguard that the Mayday call was a false alarm as the problem on board had been resolved, that the vessel was being pumped out, and that everything was under control.

0218 A decision was made by the Duty SAR Coordinator that the Lifeboat would proceed to escort the vessel into Port to ensure that the vessel was actually in a stable condition and that everyone was safe..

0238 St Peter Port Lifeboat Pierheads heading towards “Defiance” and escorting vessel back into St Peter Port.

0241 Both vessels safely  back in St Peter Port.  Duty Harbour Master will speak with the skipper of “Defiance” to understand how this Mayday call was allowed to be made, and review procedures on the fishing vessel as this is the third call this year form “Defiance” needing assistance from the Rescue Services.

Midnight Star

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched during the evening of Sunday 22nd November, 2015 at 17:21 to go to the assistance of a 24’ cabin cruiser with two persons on board.  The Midnight Star had broken down West of Herm harbour.  As no vessels able to assist were in the area, the Spirit of Guernsey was tasked to assist.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 17:42, and arrived back with the Morning Star in tow at 18:00.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 18:07.

RNLI Awards evening at Government House November 2015

Introduction by Major Marco Ciotti following Sir Richard Collas’ welcoming words.

“The people of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland all depend on the RNLI – and the RNLI relies on its network of more than 31,500 volunteers. We are here this evening to honour a group of Islanders who, together, have accumulated well over 150 years of service. Once on board as part of the crew, local volunteers tend to stay for a long time, as tonight’s awards will testify. Indeed, it is very likely that most have served the RNLI for even longer than their awards might suggest.

2014 was the second busiest year on record for the St Peter Port lifeboat, which put to sea more than 90 times. To date this year, the lifeboat has put to sea more than once a week. Guernsey owes a debt of gratitude to those Islanders who stand ready at all hours and in all conditions to deliver a comprehensive search and rescue service in one of the most challenging of sea areas.

There is often mention of luck in search and rescue but, as in so many fields, the lucky ones make their own. It stems from dedication and professionalism, and Guernsey can take pride in the fact that St Peter Port Lifeboat has plenty of both.”

The awards were presented by acting Lt-Governor Sir Richard Collas. Photos by Brian Green

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Edward Fattorini, vice chairman of the Guernsey branch, Steve Gould, Mike Galliott, Keith Martel, John Le Tissier, Sir Richard Collas, Carl Bisson, John Webster and Rob Alder – picture by Brian Green

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Keith Martel, John Le Tissier, Rob Alder and Carl Bisson Picture: Brian Green – November 10, 2015

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

The award winners with the St Peter Port Lifeboat crew and Peter Gill

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Carl Bisson is awarded the 20-year RNLI Long Service Badge

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

John Le Tissier is awarded the 20-year RNLI Long Service Badge

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

John Webster is awarded the RNLI Silver Statuette in recognition of his valuable support of the Lifeboat service.

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Keith Martel is awarded the RNLI Certificate of Service.

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Mike Galliott is awarded the RNLI Silver Statuette in recognition of his valuable support of the Lifeboat service.

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Rob Alder is awarded the 20-year RNLI Long Service Badge

Picture: Brian Green - November 10, 2015 - RNLI Presentations at Government House

Steve Gould is awarded the RNLI Bronze Badge in recognition of his valuable support of the Lifeboat Service.

Fishing Vessel “Defiance”

The St Peter Port Lifeboat went to the aid of the Fishing Vessel “Defiance” last evening after they lost all mechanical and electrical power, while fishing South of Sark.

The Lifeboat departed St Peter Port at 22:26 and was alongside the casualty at 22:48. A tow was established and the Spirit of Guernsey and Defiance arrived back at 01:08

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 01:31