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.
Picture by Brian Green
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At 17:25 on Friday 13th September 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the 32ft sailing vessel ‘Second Wind’ with two persons onboard, one of which was suffering from extreme sea sickness.
The vessel which was 4.2 nautical miles south west of St Martins point was struggling to make progress towards Guernsey due to her foresail being wrapped around her forestay and hanging in the water, the elderly skipper was unable to recover it himself.
At 17:47 the St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) ‘Spirit
of Guernsey’ was launched to assist the casualty vessel and the Inshore
Lifeboat (ILB) launched 5 minutes later at 17:52 to aid in transferring the
sick crewmember if required.
Both Lifeboats arrived on scene at 18:02 and a lifeboat crew member was transferred to ‘Second Wind’ to assess the condition of the sick crewman and to assist the skipper in recovering his sail.
Once it was assessed that the sick crewman was in a stable
condition the casualty vessel was escorted back to St Peter Port by the
Lifeboats, arriving at the Harbour at 18:48.
Both Lifeboats were back on station by 19:00.