SJARS Inshore Rescue Boat and the St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” Respond to Five Children Stranded on Rocks

Last evening, Wednesday 3rd June 2015, St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” and the SJARS Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) responded to a call regarding five children who had become stranded by the rising tide on rocks to the north of Grande Rocque.

St Peter Port Lifeboat landed a crew member on the rocks to provide blankets and reassurance to the stranded children. All five children were able to safely walk ashore, with the assistance of the RNLI crew member, in the late evening once the tide had dropped sufficiently.

Lighting and reception facilities were provided by the Civil Protection Unit who were on exercise in the area.


“Spirit of Guernsey” called to assist “Grasort”. A 29m converted workboat

Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 1922 A call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from “Grasort” that she had main engine failure and was requesting assistance as she was unable to proceed. The vessel was at a position 17 miles North West of Guernsey, not far from the main shipping lanes

1927 as no vessels offered assistance to the “Grasort”, the St Peter Port Lifeboat” Spirit of Guernsey” was dispatched to go to the vessels assistance.

1939 Lifeboat Pier heads proceeding to casualty.

2045 Vessel alongside casualty, tow being established.

2100 Tow established- Lifeboat +”Grasort” returning to St Peter Port. The tow is very difficult as the rudder is jammed hard starboard so tow is only making 8 knots.

2359 ETA back in St Peter Port


Assistance of a French yacht, the Kentan

The St Peter Port Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey was called out on the evening of Friday 22nd May, 2015 to go to the assistance of a French yacht, the Kentan. The vessel had suffered engine failure and due to light winds and an adverse tide was unable to make way.

As there were no other vessels in the area able to offer assistance, the decision was made to send the lifeboat.

The Spirit of Guernsey was launched at 20:31, and was back on station at 22:06 local time.

“St Peter Port Lifeboat” launched to assist Yacht “Waton”

At 13:20 on Friday 15th May, 2015 Guernsey Coastguard received a Mayday call from the French yacht “Waton” off the SW coast of Sark and taking water, the Lifeboat  “Spirit of Guernsey” departed St Peter Port at 13:43 and found the casualty on the East coast of Sark at 14:04, with the local vessel Lady Helen standing by the vessel.

Spirit of Guernsey picking up two crew and a salvage pump from french yacht Waton 15-05-15 Pic by Tony Rive

The Lifeboat transferred a pump and crew to the yacht and after making the vessel safe towed the casualty back to St Peter Port arriving at 1555.

Mayday, Mayday event – Sunday 3rd May – Friquet Garden Centre

The Guernsey Lifeboat Guild “Mayday, Mayday” event is on Sunday 3rd. May, from 1pm to 4pm, at Le Friquet Garden Centre. It will be held in a marquee on the grass in the entrance.

There will be static displays of a D-Class inshore Lifeboat and model lifeboats, plus face-painting for children, plus a fancy-dress competition at 3pm for children who come in a maritime-type costume e.g. pirates, sailors etc.

We will also have a stall of Lifeboat merchandise and the opportunity to meet the two newest crew-members.

Please do come and support the local lifeboat.