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
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The Search and Rescue event of Thursday night where a fisherman was airlifted to safety by a HM Coastguard helicopter was not without incident. The “Spirit of Guernsey” had spotted a suspected target on a rock and requested the Inshore Lifeboat to investigate as she could get no closer herself.
the ILB could arrive and investigate more closely, a severe squall blew across
the location and the port quarter of the lifeboat came into contact with a
submerged rock, of which there are many in the area. The appropriate
procedures were followed and the search resumed on one engine. Shortly
afterwards, the casualty was discovered and lifted to safety by the Helicopter.
An underwater inspection was carried out on the lifeboat’s return to
harbour where it was confirmed that some damage had been caused to the port
skeg and propeller, resulting in the lifeboat being temporarily removed from
The St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” has been replaced on station by the RNLB Fraser Flyer (Civil Service No. 43) pending an out of water hull inspection later this week.
and occasional damage of this nature are, regrettably, part and parcel of
Search and Rescue for which the lifeboat crew are rigorously trained.
Jim Le Pelley, the Station Chairman commented: “This was a fine example of the various SAR agencies and assets working together. It is worth observing that the Humps area is a notoriously dangerous area, especially in the circumstances experienced that night – poor weather, complete darkness and very low spring tides. Most importantly, thanks to crew competence and through following proper procedures, the event was a success in that no lives were lost and the fisherman was saved.”