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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
Lifeboat Operations Manager