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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.

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Lifeboat Launched to Assist Yacht “Dabbler”

At 0620 on Wednesday 21st August 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a PAN PAN call from 35ft yacht “Dabbler” with 3 persons onboard reporting engine failure approximately 3 miles north west of Lihou Island. The vessel was in no immediate danger however, she was making slow progress under sail due to light winds and was concerned about her ability to berth without an engine on arrival in St Peter Port.

Dabbler was asked to contact Guernsey Coastguard every 30 minutes with a progress update however, after an hour, she had failed to check in. Subsequent calls to the vessel failed and given the fact that the tide was shortly due to turn to the north, St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched at 0815 to locate the yacht.

Search plans were prepared by Guernsey Coastguard however, once in the vicinity of the Hanois Lighthouse, Spirit of Guernsey was able to quickly locate the vessel. She had made better progress under sail than anticipated and communications were reestablished with the Coastguard. Once everything was confirmed to be OK onboard, the Lifeboat was stood down and Dabbler continued under sail to St Peter Port.

French sailing vessel Datf

The all weather lifeboat (ALB) Spirit of Guernsey was launched at 14:10 on Monday 12th August 2019 to go to the assistance of the French yacht Datf with two people on board, who had broadcast a Mayday after becoming entangled in fishing gear. 

The vessel was approximately 2.5 miles north of Grande Amfroque and was tethered to the bottom by the gear.

The lifeboat was alongside at 14:31, cut the Datf free, established a tow, and was back in St Peter Port with the casualty at 16:30.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 16:51

Lifeboat tasked to Motor Vessel “Avante” with Engine Defect

At 1505 on Sunday 11th August 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from 38ft Alderney registered angling vessel “Avante” with 7 persons onboard asking for assistance. Avante was 7 miles northeast of Guernsey and had shut down her single engine due to it overheating.

Guernsey Coastguard made a broadcast requesting assistance from vessels in the area however no response was received. St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” launched at 1533 and proceeded to the casualty vessel arriving on scene at 1548.

Avante had restarted her engine and was making slow progress south towards St Peter Port. Spirit of Guernsey escorted her initially however, due to worsening sea conditions on the approach to Guernsey, a tow rope was attached and the lifeboat towed the vessel the remaining few miles arriving safely back in St Peter Port at 1630.

Pic by Tony Rive 11-08-19 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing the 38ft Alderney Angling launch Avante II south through the Little Russel after Avante requesting Assistance having had to shut its Engine
Pic by Tony Rive 11-08-19 The Towline about to be dropped from the Alderney registered Angling launch Avante II after it was towed into St Peter Port Harbour by Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey.