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 broken down vessel

At 9:30am on Monday 7th September 2020, Guernsey Coastguard received a radio call from a 21-foot motor boat with 1 person onboard which had broken down 18 nautical miles west of Les Casquets Lighthouse. Guernsey Coastguard made a PAN PAN broadcast on behalf of the casualty requesting assistance from other vessels in the area however, no offers of help were forthcoming.

St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched at 10:05am to locate and assist the casualty vessel, arriving on scene at 11:05am. A tow line was connected and the vessel was towed safely back to St Peter, arriving at the pier heads at 1:20pm.

photo by Carl Bisson
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing a small motor boat south through the Little Russel between Brehon Tower and Vivian Beacon as they head for St Peter Port Harbour.
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey heading east towing a small motor boat they had picked up 20 miles West of the Casquetes Lighthouse which had broken down. The Casquests Lighthouse can be seen on the horizon.
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing a 21ft private motor boat past La Platte Fougere Lighthouse before turning south towards the Little Russel on their way to St Peter Port Harbour.