The “Spirit of Guernsey” launched to carry out a Coastal Search for a Missing Person

1115 Following concerns for the Safety of a Missing person, who`s vehicle had been located at Pleinmont Headland, the “Spirit of Guernsey” along with CIAS and the Civil Protection Volunteers had been called out to carry-out a thorough search around the Pleinmont Headland .

1135 Lifeboat Pier-Heads proceeding to the Search Area

1152 Lifeboat on Scene, commencing the search, to include the Creux Mahie area around to Lihou Island. Civil Protection Volunteers along with Ambulance Volunteers attending; St John Ambulance Cliff Rescue Team on Standby

1334 The lifeboat had carried out an extensive inshore search from Les Tielles to an area north of Lihou Island using the “Y” boat inshore from Rocquaine all the way north to L’Eree and including the neck of Lihou, all with negative results.

1358 The “Spirit of Guernsey” was doing a final sweep along the South coast when a report from observers on the shore, that something was in the water close to the shoreline in an area just under the carpark where the Missing Persons vehicle had been located.

1452 The weather conditions at that time were not good (Wind SW F6) for approaching a lee-shore with very little room to manoeuvre in a small bay where the item had been observed.

Notwithstanding Lifeboat Cox Jason Norman, displayed outstanding boat handling skills in approaching with the Lifeboat and providing a lee for the “Y “boat to be launched again.

The “Y” boat crew also deserve mention as they managed to retrieve the item of clothing and also noticed an object floating in a cave nearby, returning to the lifeboat they picked up a stretcher, additional crew and returned to the shore area and entered the cave where they discovered the casualty.

1509 The “Y boat returned to the Lifeboat, casualty transferred and then proceeded to St Peter Port.

1527 Unfortunately on arrival at St Peter Port the casualty was pronounced deceased by the Duty Medical Officer.

1616 The Lifeboat was refuelled and is back on Station.

M.T. Gaudion
Duty SAR

Photos by Tony Rive

The course of the St Peter Port lifeboat during the search, AIS tracking by Digimap

The St Peter Port lifeboat tight in the cove in a SW F6


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.

GPA donation for St Peter Port lifeboat and Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation

The St Peter Port lifeboat today received a cheque from the Guernsey Powerboat Association as a result of their raffle at their end of year official prize giving.

Mark Sauvarin, Chairman of the GPA and Deb Sauvarin, presented the proceeds of the raffle to the GPA’s two chosen charities. The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation, represented by Andy and Jo Priaulx; and the St Peter Port lifeboat represented by Edward Fattorini, Colin Le Conte, Coxswain Buzz White and Peter Gill.

Pic by Tony Rive 06-12-16
Member’s of Guernsey Lifeboat and Management Group, Buz White, Peter Gill, Colin Le Conte and Edward Fattorini with Andy and Jo Priaulx of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and Mark Sauvarin from the Guernsey Powerboat Association on the foredeck of the St Peter Port Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey. Two Cheques were presented to the St Peter Port Lifeboat Station and the Foundation by Mark Sauvarin, money raised during the Powerboat Club’s annual End of season Presentation’s and Raffle.

Pic by Tony Rive 06-12-16
Guernsey Powerboat Association member’s Mark and Deb Sauvarin (far right and second right) presenting Edward Fattorini a cheque  which the Powerboat Club raised during the end of season Presentations and Raffle. They also presented Andy and Jo Priaulx (Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation) with a cheque.
(L-R) Colin Le Conte, Jo and Andy Priaulx, Edward Fattorini, Lifeboat Coxswain Buz White, Deb and Mark Sauvarin.

Cheque for £1000 from Julie Eastwood

The Guernsey branch of the RNLI was delighted to receive a cheque for £1000 from Julie Eastwood.

Julie entered and completed the Great North Run earlier this year and was supported in her efforts by friends, family and work colleagues. She was amongst 56,000 competitors.

The cheque was received on board Spirit of Guernsey by Mr Edward Fattorini, Deputy Chairman of the St Peter Port branch of the RNLI, together with crew members. Mr Fattorini said “Spontaneous donations such as this are always most welcome to the RNLI as the service depends entirely on voluntary contributions.”

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Renewal and upgrading of Navigational equipment

The work on renewal and upgrading of Navigational equipment on board the St Peter Port Lifeboat ” Spirit of Guernsey” and associated familiarisation and training has now been satisfactorily completed.

This morning, “Spirit of Guernsey” was hauled up at the Marine and General shipyard, St. Sampsons at 7 am for its six monthly “Wash,  Brush up and inspection”.  Among other minor planned jobs will include an oil change, a full high pressure water wash  of the hull and  a coat of antifouling paint.  “Spirit of Guernsey” will return to the water  on tomorrow morning’s high tide.

In the meantime, the relief lifeboat “Volunteer Spirit” will remain on station.  On satisfactory return to service of the “Spirit of Guernsey”,  “Volunteer Spirit” will return to the UK.

Peter Gill
Lifeboat Operations Manager

photo by Carl Bisson

photo by Carl Bisson