The “Spirit Of Guernsey” tasked to assist “Tubbs” 3 miles South West of Sark.

Monday 7th January 2019

1423 A call was received from “Tubbs”, a 31′ fishing vessel, that was suffering intermittent engine failure and was possibly looking for assistance.

1442 “Tubbs” engine failed completely, the vessel requested a tow to St Peter Port. As there were no suitable vessels to go to assist the fishing boat, “The Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to tow the fishing boat.

1448 Lifeboat yellow

1501 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for the casualty

1510 Lifeboat alongside casualty – establishing a tow.

1549 “The Spirit of Guernsey “arrives back in St Peter Port with “Tubbs” under tow, arrangements will be made  to repair the fishing boat’s engine by local Marine Engineers

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Pic by Tony Rive 07-01-19 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey powers out of St Peter Port Harbour before turning south and heading to a position approximately 6 miles southeast of St Martin’s Point to rendezvous with the local 31ft motor cruiser Tubbs which had lost all engine power and needed assistance.
Photo by Tony Rive

Assistance of “Manta”

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched at 08:25 on Saturday 5th January 2019 to go to the assistance of a local vessel the “Manta” with 2 people on board,   The vessel had fouled its propeller on passage to Jersey on discarded fishing gear and had lost all propulsion.  As no other vessels were in the area and able to assist, the lifeboat was tasked to tow “Manta” back to St Peter Port.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty which was 6 miles South of St Martins Point, and established a tow at 08:52, and returned to St Peter Port at 09:47.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 09:53.

Photo by Carl Bisson

“The Spirit Of Guernsey ” tasked  to assist “Maluel” 3.5 miles South East of Sark

Monday 5th November, 2018

0152 A call was received from “Maluel ” (via Crossma Joburg) that a 40` French racing yacht had become entangled in fishing gear and were unable to proceed and requested assistance.

 As there were no available vessels to go to the assistance of the yacht, “The Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to the yachts assistance- with a brief to release the vessel and tow “ Maluel “to St Peter Port if necessary

0156 Lifeboat yellow

0221 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for the search casualty

0247 Lifeboat alongside casualty – working on releasing the casualty vessel.

0300 The lifeboat manages to free the yacht, steering and engine tested .. all Ok

0307 “Maluel “resuming passage to Cherbourg, “The Spirit of Guernsey “returning to St Peter Port.

0326 “The Spirit of Guernsey “ arrives back in  St Peter Port.

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Stranded Holidaymakers prompts the launch of St Peter Port Lifeboat

At 1610 on Friday 26th October, St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched to rescue 5 stranded holidaymakers on the south coast of Guernsey. The visitors had been attempting to walk from Moulin Huet to Petit Port when they got cut off by the tide. Concerned about the rising sea level and the impending darkness, Guernsey Coastguard was called for assistance.

St Peter Port Lifeboat arrived on scene at 1626 and launched its inshore rescue craft in order to get close enough to the cliff base to effect a rescue. All of the party were safely recovered to the lifeboat suffering no injuries. The lifeboat returned to St Peter Port at 1645.

SAR Coordinator James Way said “this successful rescue was swiftly and safely conducted by the crew of St Peter Port Lifeboat but the situation could have been much different. Walking from beach to beach along the south coast can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended as tide, weather and light conditions can change and deteriorate very quickly”.

Photo by Linden Galsworthy