Inshore Lifeboat rescues person cut off by tide

Pic by Tony Rive 10-04-2020 The crew of the St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat John & Louisa Fisher recovering the casualty

On Good Friday morning (10th April 2020), Guernsey Coastguard was alerted to a person cut off by the tide on a rocky outcrop opposite the Halfway, Belgreve Bay. Whilst initial investigations determined that the man was fishing, later reports suggested that he might require some
assistance.
At 1026 St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat was launched to conduct a welfare check on the man and to render assistance if required. The Inshore Lifeboat was on scene 4 minutes later and after putting crewmen onto the rock to assess the situation, the casualty was recovered to the boat. Good conditions allowed the Lifeboat to land the casualty safely ashore on the shingle beach.
A spokesman from Guernsey Coastguard said, “Whilst people can continue to access the coast during their 2 hours of permitted exercise, they are strongly advised to check tide times and not to stray into areas which might put themselves or others in danger”.

James Way Duty SAR Mission Coordinator

Flare Sighting – Rousse Headland

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched at 05:39 this morning (Sunday 5th April 2020) to reports of a red flare sighting from Rousse Headland. The Spirit of Guernsey departed St Peter Port at 05:57 arriving on scene at 06:15.

Weather conditions at the time were good with excellent visibility and calm seas. The Lifeboat searched the area for approximately 2 hours whilst at the same time the shoreline, local moorings and car parks in the Rousse area were checked.

With nothing being found both ashore and at sea and no further information forthcoming, the Lifeboat was stood down and was back on station at 08:19.

AIS tracking by digimap

Lifeboat Tasked to Sark for Medical Emergency

At 1500 on Sunday 19th January 2020, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from the Sark Doctor requesting an emergency patient transfer from Sark to Guernsey.

St Peter Port Lifeboat launched on service at 1520 with 2 paramedics onboard and arrived at La Maseline Harbour at approximately 1545 where the patient was transferred onboard. The Lifeboat returned to St Peter Port at 1611 whereupon the casualty was safely transferred to an ambulance.

Pic by Tony Rive 19-01-2020 Crew from St Peter Port Lifeboat start to get mooring ropes and fenders ready aboard their relief All Weather Lifeboat Fraser Flyer as they speed towards St Peter Port harbour on a Medivac from Sark for Guernsey’s St John Ambulance.

Medivac from Sark by relief lifeboat Fraser Flyer

Pic by Tony Rive 11-01-2020 Relief Lifeboat Fraser Flyer (17-17) races across the Little Russel towards St Peter Port Harbour during a Medivac from Sark.
Pic by Tony Rive 11-01-2020 A Road Ambulance from Guernsey’s St John Ambulance Service reversing down number 1 Ro-Ro Ramp to park alongside St Peter Port’s Relief Severn class Lifeboat Fraser Flyer.

Search and Rescue update

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.

Before 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 service. 

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. 

Incidents 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.”  

St Peter Port Lifeboats and HM Coastguard Helicopter Search for Overdue Fishing Vessel

Last night (Thursday 28th November 2019) the St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey”, the St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat “Elizabeth and Margaret Milligan” and HM Coastguard Helicopter R175 were tasked to search for a local fisherman who was reported several hours overdue.

The search initially concentrated around Herm and Jethou with R175 searching the area north of Herm. The fisherman was located by R175 on Cul de L’Autel and winched aboard the helicopter. The casualty was transferred to Guernsey Airport and then by Ambulance to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated for the effects of hypothermia. The fishing boat itself had sunk several hours earlier and the fisherman had swum to Cul de L’Autel.