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

Swimmers in Distress

The St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched last evening (6th July 2020) to go to the assistance of two 17 year old males who were in difficulties off the Groines at Vazon.

Guernsey Coastguard received a call at 19:27, informing them that 2 males were in difficulty and clinging to the Groines.

The ILB departed St Peter Port at 19:43 and was on scene at 20:05, the Spirit of Guernsey was also tasked to assist, departing at 20:02.

An experienced local surfer on a rescue board made his way to the two persons in distress and gave assistance and ultimately paddled them back to shore.

Thanks must be given to a surfer who threw his board out to the casualties, which they then managed to get a hold of, and which provided a buoyancy aid, until the local surfer reached them.

The two lifeboats were stood down, and were back on station at 20:43 and 20:32 respectively.

Pic by Tony Rive 06-07-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey passing La Platte Beacon while returning to St Peter Port Harbour after being stood down from a shout to Vazon Bay on Guernsey’s West coast. The Relief ILB John and Louisa Fisher (B-870) also attended the shout.
Photo by Dylan Ray

Boat taking on water

The St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) “Fraser Flyer” was launched at 1423 on Friday 26th June 2020 to go to the assistance of an Alderney registered pleasure vessel taking on water 6 miles north of Platte Fougere Lighthouse.

The 8 meter vessel with 8 people on board broadcast a PAN PAN message on VHF Ch.16 prompting Guernsey Coastguard to launch the St Peter Port ALB and request the launch of Channel Islands Air Search’s Air Search 1.

St Peter Port ALB was on scene at 1459 and transferred two of the Lifeboat Crew to the casualty vessel with a salvage pump. Then the crew of the casualty vessel transferred to the Lifeboat. At this point Air search 1 was stood down.

Once the water ingress was controlled and pumped out the casualty vessel was escorted back to St Peter Port.

photo by Dylan Ray
Pic by Tony Rive 26-06-2020 Lifeboat Fraser Flyer (17-17) passing Brehon Tower as it heads north up the Little Russel after leaving St Peter Port on a Shout. The 27ft Dell Quay Ranger Motorboat Kildaloo was taking water