Snowy Hamon

Today was a sad day for the St Peter Port lifeboat station.
We said goodbye to former crew and 2nd cox Snowy Hamon. The church was absolutely full.
An escort of vintage tractors and a low flyby by the Channel Islands AirSearch said it all.

At least a dozen driver’s bought their Tractor’s to St Peter’s Church today to retired Lifeboatman Snowy Hamon’s Funeral. The service held at 1300 was packed solid with mourners.
Pic by Tony Rive 14-02-17

“Spirit of Guernsey” called to assist 8.5m local fishing boat “Le Mirage”

1534 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from “Le Mirage “, a local 8.5m fishing boat, 2 miles south west of Sark, that the vessel had experienced a complete engine failure and was unable to proceed.
1535 All ships message … requesting assistance for the disabled vessel. No response. As there was no one available to assist “ Le Mirage”, the “Spirit of Guernsey “ was tasked with towing the stricken vessel back to St Peter Port.
1603 Lifeboat pier-heads proceeding to the casualty
1618 Lifeboat on scene. Tow being established.
1630 Lifeboat returning to St Peter Port, “Le Mirage” under tow. Estimated time to St Peter Port 90 mins
1759 Lifeboat arrives at the Pierheads. Tow passed to Marina Dory’s
1812 Back on station

Le Mirage under tow, photo by Carl Bisson

Lifeboat crew securing tow rope, photo by Carl Bisson

St Peter Port lifeboat course. tracking courtesy of Digimap

Pic by Tony Rive 11-02-17
Local Fishing boat Le Mirage being towed into St Peter Port harbour by Local Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey.
The owner requested help via JESCC as his boat had lost all power whilst fishing approximately 2 miles south of Sark.
Spirit of Guernsey got to Le Mirage at 1618 and arrived back in St Peter Port with Mirage under tow at 1759.

Pic by Tony Rive 11-02-17
Spirit of Guernsey near the Cruise Liner Tender Pontoon after towing local Fishing boat Le Mirage into St Peter Port, then up to the Fish Quay where a Marina Dory manoeuvred it to its Berth.

Pic by Tony Rive 11-02-17
Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey and Guernsey Harbours Marina Dory assisting local Fishing boat Le Mirage to its berth at the Fish Quay after the Lifeboat had towed it back to St Peter Port from a position 2 miles south of Sark. It had lost all Power and needed assistance to get back to Guernsey.
This was Spirit of Guernsey’s first Shout in 2017.