Welcome

Welcome to the official web site for the St Peter Port lifeboat. The Guernsey lifeboat station is one of only four in the Channel Islands. Operating for over 200 years, the crews of the Guernsey lifeboats have been honoured with several awards for gallantry.

Spirit of Guernsey at speed – photo by Tony Rive

The Station has seen a variety of lifeboats over the years and the current lifeboat is the Severn class ‘Spirit of Guernsey’. The Island has always been proud to support the Lifeboat Station and crews; in 1973 a special appeal raised a considerable sum towards the cost of the Arun Class “Sir William Arnold”.

Twenty years later an appeal was launched to raise £1 million to support the building of “Spirit of Guernsey”. Thanks to the generosity of friends in Guernsey, Sark, Herm and further afield, the target was achieved within one year. The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations.

Following a six-month training and familiarisation period, July 2019 saw the introduction of a ‘B’ Class Atlantic 85 Inshore Rescue lifeboat – the Elizabeth and Margaret Milligan (B-889) on a two-year trial for evaluation.

Picture by Brian Green

St Peter Port Lifeboat Launched to Assist Vessel with Engine Failure

At 20:33 on Monday 26 July 2021, Guernsey Coastguard was contacted by the sailing vessel “Pluto” which had broken down in the Big Russel, due East of Herm. The vessel was struggling against the flood tide and a crew member on board was suffering from seasickness.


A Pan-Pan broadcast was made to see if there were any vessels in the area that could assist “Pluto” however there were none and at 20:55 the St Peter Port all-weather lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched to the assist “Pluto”.

The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 21:26 and established a tow with the casualty vessel, bringing it safely back into St Peter Port Harbour at 22:57, where the tow was handed over to Guernsey Harbour’s marina staff.

The St Peter Port lifeboat was back on station at 23:10.

AIS tracking courtesy of Digimap

St Peter Port RNLI volunteers are awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The volunteers at St Peter Port RNLI have been chosen to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). The prestigious award is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises ‘outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional.’  photo by Tony Rive … Continue reading