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

Multi-Agency Response to Cliff Rescue

At 3pm on 9th August 2020, Guernsey Coastguard received a call reporting that a 60 year old male had fallen 20 feet down a cliff at Le Gouffre on the south coast of Guernsey during a recreational climb. A Coastguard officer and paramedics attended the scene to make an initial assessment and after meeting one of the other climbers, it was quickly established that the Guernsey Cliff Rescue team and RNLI Lifeboats would be required in order to carry out the rescue.

Both St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched on service at 3:43pm and proceeded to Le Gouffre to standby at the base of the cliff. Cliff Rescue arrived on scene at 3:49pm and after assessing the situation, it was determined that the safest means to extract the casualty was to lower him to the base of the cliff and to transfer him into one of the waiting Lifeboats.

Whilst the cliff rescue was being set up, the ILB collected a paramedic from the beach at Petit Bot. The casualty was safely lowered to the base of the cliff and transferred to the ALB via dinghy with the Cliff Rescue team. Both lifeboats arrived back in St Peter Port shortly after 5:30pm where the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance having suffered injuries to his legs and arms.

A spokesman from Guernsey Coastguard said “This was an excellent demonstration of multiagency working with assets from the Guernsey Cliff Rescue Team, RNLI Lifeboats, St John Ambulance Service and Guernsey Coastguard all contributing to a successful rescue”

James Way Duty SAR Mission Coordinator

photo by Dylan Ray
Photo by Dylan Ray

Boat taking on water

The St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) “Fraser Flyer” was launched at 1423 on Friday 26th June 2020 to go to the assistance of an Alderney registered pleasure vessel taking on water 6 miles north of Platte Fougere Lighthouse.

The 8 meter vessel with 8 people on board broadcast a PAN PAN message on VHF Ch.16 prompting Guernsey Coastguard to launch the St Peter Port ALB and request the launch of Channel Islands Air Search’s Air Search 1.

St Peter Port ALB was on scene at 1459 and transferred two of the Lifeboat Crew to the casualty vessel with a salvage pump. Then the crew of the casualty vessel transferred to the Lifeboat. At this point Air search 1 was stood down.

Once the water ingress was controlled and pumped out the casualty vessel was escorted back to St Peter Port.

photo by Dylan Ray
Pic by Tony Rive 26-06-2020 Lifeboat Fraser Flyer (17-17) passing Brehon Tower as it heads north up the Little Russel after leaving St Peter Port on a Shout. The 27ft Dell Quay Ranger Motorboat Kildaloo was taking water