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 ILB launched to assist vessel unsure of position

At 00:01 on Sunday 17th October 2021, the St Peter Port Inshore lifeboat (ILB) “Elizabeth & Margaret Milligan” was launched by Guernsey Coastguard, to the assistance of the 21ft open speed boat “Apache” that had left St Peter Port harbour the previous evening and had become lost.

The St Peter Port ILB arrived on scene approximately 1nm South-East of St Martins Point at 00:21 where they discovered the casualty vessel with two occupants on board who were both wearing wet clothing and suffering from the cold.

The lifeboat escorted “Apache” back to St Peter Port, where it was met by Coastguard and Harbour officers at 00:35 who then handed both casualties over to the St John’s Ambulance & Rescue Service for assessment.

The St Peter Port ILB returned to station at 00:36.

A Coastguard officer said “This incident was largely due to the crew taking their vessel to sea, in the dark after consuming alcohol throughout the day. The vessel was not appropriately equipped for returning to Jersey at night and had very limited safety equipment onboard”.

The officer re-iterated the Harbour Master’s “three P’s message” in that, all mariners should

  • Prepare their vessel and themselves for the intended trip to be undertaken
  • Provide the correct equipment onboard and
  • Perform responsibly on the water