At 08:37 local time on Monday 3rd June 2019, a distress message was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the 17 foot vessel ‘Dingbat’ with two persons on board. The vessel had broken down and become swamped one nautical mile North of Les Hanois Lighthouse on the South West coast of Guernsey.
The St Peter Port lifeboat ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ was launched immediately along with the Channel Islands ‘Air Search’ aircraft ‘Air Search 1’.
At 09:14 both the ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ and ‘Air Search 1’ arrived at the location of the vessel which had by this time deployed its liferaft in preparation for abandoning the craft. Shortly afterwards the two persons on board ‘Dingbat’ were transferred to the lifeboat and a tow was established.
‘Air Search 1’ stood down at 09:19, and the ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ arrived back at St Peter Port harbour at 10:29 and was back on station at 10:35.